When Dutch children's literature deals with taboos, some books are too unconventional for the anglophone market.
Dutch writer Simone Atangana Bekono's critically acclaimed debut novel has now been published in English.
The retrospective Wish I Were Here by the Dutch photographer shows an eventful and intimate history.
Henry Van de Velde became famous as an architect. But little known is that he started as a painter. From a new catalogue raisonné emerges the picture of an artist who struggled with social status and innovation in his craft.
At the beginning of the First World War, one million Belgians fled to the Netherlands. “More so than the Afghans, Ukrainians now are more similar to Belgian refugees back then.”
Portrait of a “bastard” who searches for his identity through art. ‘The stage is the only place where I get space.’
An essay in which cultural philosopher Ton Lemaire was bothered by the adoption of English words into Dutch, inspired linguist Marten van der Meulen to respond.
Universities are increasingly calling upon volunteer researchers or citizen historians for large-scale history projects. Do they close the gap between academia and society?
For a long time, the study of the history of Dutch slavery has been dominated by the perspective of the coloniser. More and more researchers are now trying to give enslaved people a voice.
Dutch-Jewish writer Dola de Jong migrated to New York to escape the Nazis. She was the author of sixteen books for adults and children. But the book that she always intended to write – about how to carry on after the Second World War – neve...
Why do the Dutch so readily turn to the English language? Cultural philosopher Ton Lemaire has long been bothered by the use of English words when there exists a perfectly good Dutch alternative.
The premise for Anne Eekhout's fourth novel is a good one: to write Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of 'Frankenstein', out of the shadows of her illustrious context.
In 'Falling Is Like Flying', her highly acclaimed novel, Manon Uphoff delves into a painful personal past in search of love and identity.
Book covers are adorned with titles of all shapes and sizes. Author Anne van den Dool looked for trends, delving also into her own book-title-history.
From Marcel Broodthaers to Otobong Nkanga, more and more Belgian artists want to cast a critical perspective upon the colonial past in order to influence ongoing debates.
Four years after her victory lap through the Low Countries, Lize Spit will now delight English-language readers with her translated debut novel.
How is the Dutch language doing?
The road to success of the iconic Book Tower in Ghent has been all but linear, as historian Ruben Mantels writes in 'Towers of Books'.
In the exhibition 'Wonderful Memories', Kunstmuseum Den Haag highlights the joyful fanaticism of the Flemish Expressionists.
The French general and emperor left behind deep traces in Dutch society that are still visible today.
Jaap Robben has in recent years gained an international reputation thanks to his novels 'You Have Me to Love' and 'Summer Brother'.
At Saint Petersburg State University, translation studies and interpreting are important subjects within the study of Dutch language and culture.
A big survey shows that Dutch and Flemish people who move abroad to Anglophone countries don’t speak Dutch quite as often as their other emigrated compatriots do.
Rapper Zwangere Guy enters into a conversation with Brussels in order to get to know the city and himself better.
Hind Fraihi argues that the Decolonise Movement should face its own excesses and focus on real problems, like institutional racism.
Hind Fraihi warns us of the growing influence of ‘a second generation of Salafist organizers’.
Was the Dutch writer really such an anti-colonial rebel? And what about his preference for young girls?
Hind Fraihi suggests a digital detox. ‘Why not try a Digital Free Month to drastically free ourselves from social media?’
Historians have chosen new themes to represent the Canon of Dutch History.
To keep, to remove, or to tuck away in a museum? In his book on statues in the public space, ex-curator Ton Quik does not shy away from the difficult questions.
Our best literature stories of 2020, handpicked by the editor.