Nescio, Amsterdam Stories
Introduction by Joseph O'Neill
NYRB Classics, 2012; selected and translated from Dutch
Winner of awards from the PEN Translation Fund (2008), the Netherland America Foundation (2007, 2010),
and the Dutch Literature Fund (2010, 2011)
"Crushing beauty.... For me, reading Amsterdam Stories was like watching Casablanca."
"The three main stories in this book deliver riches that defy their brevity. Nescio is
revered in the Netherlands and Germany, and this generous little book shows why."
—The Irish Times
No one has written more feelingly than Nescio about the courage
and vulnerability of youth: its big plans and vague longings, marathon
walks and talks. And no one has written with such pristine clarity about the canals of
Amsterdam and the cloud-swept landscape of the Netherlands.
Nescio--Latin for "I don't know"--was the pen name of J.H.F. Grönloh, the highly successful
director of the Holland-Bombay Trading Company and a father of four. Only in his spare time did he let himself go,
producing a handful of utterly original stories.
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