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Recommended books (18)
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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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:
"Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear. The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated by being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers, decide to break their stric... continue

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Humankind : A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman EN

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Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
From the author of New York Times bestseller UTOPIA FOR REALISTS, a revolutionary argument that the innate goodness and cooperation of human beings has been the greatest factor in our success. If one basic principle has served as the bedrock of bestselling author Rutger Bregman's thinking, it is that every progressive idea -- whether it was the abolition of slavery, the advent of democracy, women's suffrage, or the ratification of marriage equality -- was once considered radical and dangerous by the mainstream opinion of its time. With Humankind, he brings that mentality to bear against one of... continue
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Recommended: 10 Jun 2022

6.

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

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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

8.

Rituals : A Novel by Cees Nooteboom EN

Rating: 3.5     7 Votes
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
In Rituals, Amsterdam of the fifties, sixties and seventies is viewed from the perspective of the capricious Inni Wintrop. An unintentional suicide survivor, the unexpected gift of life returned lends him the curiousity, and impartiality, to survey others' lives and rountines. Inni's opposite, the one-eyed downhill skier Arnold Taads measures his life by the clock, while his disowned son Philip follows Japanese rituals which themselves seem to render his existence meaningless. A novel for those who seek to unravel our mysterious, apparently directionless lives...
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Recommended: 02 Dec 2022

9.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank EN

Rating: 4     3298 Votes
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
A young girl's journal records her family's struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.
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Recommended: 05 Jan 2018

10.

The Dinner by Herman Koch EN

Rating: 3.5     60 Votes
Country: Europe / Netherlands flag Netherlands
Description:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The darkly suspenseful tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal. Now a major motion picture. “Chilling, nasty, smart, shocking, and unputdownable.”—Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl It’s a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new ... continue
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022


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