In The Dutch Mountains

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“A poet’s fairy tale, elegant and beguiling”(Julian Barnes) that summons up a vast Netherlands encompassing Europe’s highest peaks and a captivating pair of circus performers hunting for work. Translated by Adrienne Dixon.

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Overview

“A poet’s fairy tale, elegant and beguiling”(Julian Barnes) that summons up a vast Netherlands encompassing Europe’s highest peaks and a captivating pair of circus performers hunting for work. Translated by Adrienne Dixon.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A Spanish government official who aspires to be a writer narrates this strange story of a supernatural world filled with unexpected characters, scenes and situations. At the most accessible level the tale revolves around raven-haired Kai and golden-haired Lucia, circus illusionists, both flawlessly beautiful and perfectly happy and both, naturally, destined to come to grief. He's kidnapped by the evil Snow Queen whose chauffeur and stud he's compelled to become; she has comparably trying experiences. But Dutch novelist-poet-playwright- translator Nooteboom is concerned with more complex matters: in the modern spirit he is exploring metaphysical and esthetic mazes. When you say ``once upon a time,'' the narrator remarks, you have created an ``extratemporal and extraterritorial reality in which anything is possible''; and ``fairy tales are beloved lies told by people who find the failed myth of life intolerable.'' In this engaging, imaginative work of experimental fiction, evil is finally expunged in a bloodbath, and the beautiful, sore-tried pair are reunited. QPBC alternate. (October 30)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156004022
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/15/1997
  • Series: Harvest in Translation Series
  • Edition description: English Language
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 458,082
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

CEES NOOTEBOOM was born in 1933 in The Hague. He has published nine novels and over a dozen collections of travel writing, including Roads to Santiago. He lives in Amsterdam and Spain.

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