Books

Fiction

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Hanna Bervoets

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Picador, 2022

“I sat down to read Hanna’s novel—brilliantly translated from the Dutch by Emma Rault—and was so gripped, I couldn’t put it down.” — Ansa Khan Khattak, commissioning editor at Picador UK

When Kayleigh finds herself struggling financially, she applies for a job as a content moderator for an online platform whose name she isn’t allowed to mention. Her responsibility: reviewing which offensive videos, pictures and rants need to be removed. It’s gruelling work. Kayleigh and her colleagues see the most horrifying things on their screens every day, and the platform’s guidelines are a minefield. And yet Kayleigh feels like she’s in the right place. She finds kinship with the team of moderators and, when she falls in love with her colleague Sigrid, the future seems bright. Or does it?

The Days of Bluegrass Love

Edward van de Vendel

Levine Querido, 2022

Situated successively in the Dutch countryside, a summer camp in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a small town in Norway, The Days of Bluegrass Love is about the budding identities of two boys. In order to discover who he is and what he is capable of, after graduating high school Tycho, who has had a very sheltered upbringing, leaves for an American summer camp. At Amsterdam Airport he meets Oliver, a soccer player on his way to the same camp. Before they know it the two boys have fallen head over heels in love, but reconciling their relationship with the outside world turns out to be more difficult than they anticipated.

The Dandy

Nina Polak

Strangers Press, 2020
The Dandy is a collection of astute, wryly funny stories about modern relationships, queer love and non-monogamy. From ‘What Do You Want to Know?’, in which an older woman struggles with her grown daughter’s refusal to acknowledge her mother being in a lesbian relationship, to the title story, which chronicles the rise and fall of a fictional feminist literary magazine, these stories brilliantly explore sexual fluidity and unconventional ways of living and loving.
Ghosts of Berlin by Rudolph Herzog

Ghosts of Berlin

Rudolph Herzog

Melville House, 2019

★ Voted one of the best books of 2019 by Lit Hub

“A shrewd and provocative collection of fiction, Ghosts of Berlin is translated into English by the equally sharp Emma Rault.” — Shelf Awareness

“Celebrated filmmaker and author, Rudolph Herzog—yes, the son of Werner Herzog—has written a collection of ghost stories set in Berlin, as told by the Millennials who now live there. Linking all the stories is the globalized character of Berlin and the lingering effects of the war on both the city and its people (…) Herzog’s stories are utterly atmospheric, engrossing, refreshing, and devoid of pretense.” — Literary Hub

“Sharp satire, and a worthy addition to the growing canon of Berlin ghost-lit.” — Booklist

Non-Fiction

Jeroen van der Eijnde (ed.), Designing for Precarious Citizens

ArtEZ Press, 2020

Architect Johan Niegeman was one of the few Dutch teachers at the famous Bauhaus art school. He and Mart Stam designed and built several social housing projects in the Soviet Union. Niegeman’s aim was to improve the quality of housing for the masses, those living in poor conditions. Designing for Precarious Citizens showcases several projects in which designers and product-design students at ArtEZ University of the Arts applied Niegeman’s ideas to today’s society. Who are today’s precarious citizens and how can design be of service to them?

Peter Sonderen (ed.), The Entanglement of Theory and Practice in the Arts

ArtEZ Press, 2019 (co-translator)

What do we mean by theory in the arts, and what role does it play? Edited by Peter Sonderen, chair of the Theory in the Arts research group at ArtEZ University of the Arts, this publication explores theory in the arts and investigates its role, its possibilities, its meaning and its importance.

Virginie Mamadouh and Anne van Wageningen (eds.), Urban Europe: Fifty Tales of the City

Amsterdam University Press, 2016 (co-translator)

In Urban Europe, urban researchers and practitioners based in Amsterdam tell the story of the European city, sharing their knowledge of and insights into urban dynamics in short, thought-provoking pieces. The authors—including the Mayor of Amsterdam, urban activists, civil servants and academics—cover a wide range of topical issues, inviting and encouraging us to rethink citizenship, connectivity, innovation, sustainability and representation as well as the role of cities in administrative and political networks.

Jürgen Kleft, Shellpunk

Textem, 2017 (co-translation)

In his work, Jürgen Kleft exaggerates the fetishization of functionality in outdoor apparel, for example by having
four ponchos make up a tent, or negates it completely, for instance with a delicate ceramic nude top with cut-outs
which is sexy in a non-fetishistic way. Whether it’s the functionality that is fetishized or there’s a sexual component to the worship, by embodying adventure and safety at the same time, outdoor clothing has come to be an object of general desire among young city dwellers.

Based in Vienna, Jürgen Kleft, a devoted student of nature, explores the secrets of equipment and planning, of improvisation and DIY. This exhibition catalog brings together and contextualizes Jürgen Kleft’s work.

Annemieke Klein, The Maastricht Experiment: About the Challenges of a Young University (1976-2016)

Vantilt Uitgeverij, 2016 (co-translator)

Published to commemorate Maastricht University’s forty-year anniversary, this meticulously researched book describes the university’s vanguard role in educational reform in the Netherlands.

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