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Recommended books (22)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Europe Challenge" were written by authors from Netherlands. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Aleksandra by Lisa Weeda NL

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
Met verbluffend vertelplezier en met alle literaire stijlmiddelen die tot haar beschikking staan vertelt Lisa Weeda een uitzonderlijke familiegeschiedenis, die begint bij haar grootmoeder Aleksandra. In 1942 wordt zij vanuit Oekraïne gedeporteerd en in Duitsland in de oorlogsindustrie tewerkgesteld. Haar kleindochter Lisa reist later naar haar grootmoeders geboorteplaats en ontmoet, op de vleugels van haar verbeelding, haar overgrootvader Nikolaj, die al bijna driekwart eeuw op zijn dochter zit te wachten. Samen met hem gaat ze op zoek naar sporen van haar neef, die tijdens het recentelijk opg... continue
Recommended: 29 Dec 2022

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An Interrupted Life: The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum 1941-43 by Etty Hillesum EN

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
A collection of the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum (1914-43) who lived in Amsterdam that were composed in the shadow of the Holocaust, but their interest lies in the light-filled mind that pervades them and in the internal journey they chart.
Recommended: 01 Aug 2019

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Boven is het stil by Gerbrand Bakker NL

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
Op een afgelegen boerderij in het veenweidegebied ten noordoosten van Amsterdam verzorgt een vijftigjarige boerenzoon zijn doodzieke vader.
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Recommended: 05 Dec 2022

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Extinction by Thomas Bernhard EN

Rating: 3.5     4 Votes
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
LRB BOOKSHOP'S AUTHOR OF THE MONTH ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 WITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY GEOFF DYER 'If you haven't read Bernhard, you will not know of the most radical advance in fiction since Joyce ... My advice: dive in.' Lucy Ellmann 'I absolutely love Bernhard: he is one of the darkest and funniest writers ... A must read for everybody.' Karl Ove Knausgaard Franz-Josef Murau is the intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land-owning family. He now lives in Rome in self-imposed exile, surrounded by a coterie of artistic and intellectual friends. On returning from his sis... continue
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

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HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt EN

Rating: 3.5     25 Votes
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
"Originally published as Hex in 2013 by Luitingh-Sijthoff in Amsterdam"--Colophon.

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Humankind : A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman EN

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Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
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Recommended: 10 Jun 2022

7.

In my father's garden by Jan Siebelink EN

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Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
Winner of the 2005 AKO Literatuurprijs - a true Dutch bestseller Translated by Liz Waters Throughout his long career Jan Siebelink has brought to life dozens of characters, yet never before has he come as close to his own roots as in this new novel. In My Fathers Garden is the gripping story of a father-son relationship, in which the father becomes obsessed by a fire-and-brimstone Calvinism. Hans Sievez has a profoundly religious experience at a decisive moment in his life. He is convinced he has been in direct contact with God. During the ensuing quest for eternal life, he loses control over ... continue
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Recommended: 05 Dec 2022

8.

In Search of a Name : A Novel by Marjolijn van Heemstra EN

Rating: 4.7     3 Votes
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
This spellbinding and intimate novel explores the burden of legacy as a young woman wrestles with discoveries that contradict her great-uncle’s supposed heroism during World War II. D says that a name always fits in the end, that a name is like a leather shoe that forms itself to the foot. But in my mind, it’s the other way around: a person grows into his name. Marjolijn van Heemstra has heard about her great-uncle’s heroism for as long as she can remember. As a resistance fighter, he was the mastermind of a bombing operation that killed a Dutch man who collaborated with the Nazis, and later b... continue
Recommended: 10 Jan 2023

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Mei by Anna Enquist (pseud. van C. Widlund-Broer.) NL

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
A collection of short stories in Dutch by one of the best Dutch authors.
Recommended: 03 Oct 2022

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November by Thomas Olde Heuvelt NL

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
Welkom in Lock Haven, Washington, waar de gelukkigste straat van de Verenigde Staten zich bevindt. Als je door Bird Street zou wandelen, zou je zien dat het de bewoners voor de wind gaat, want er staan kasten van huizen. En als je de bewoners zou ontmoeten, dan valt het op dat ze allemaal oprecht gelukkig zijn. Ze hebben succesvolle carrières, doen precies de dingen die ze altijd al wilden doen en ze zijn allemaal gezond. Fysiek, mentaal én spiritueel: het zijn stuk voor stuk vitale, weldenkende en – de meesten van hen althans – ruimhartige mensen. En hun kinderen? Die zijn perfect. Ieder van ... continue


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