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Genomineerd voor E. du Perronprijs 2017: Alex Boogers, Margot Vanderstraeten & Tommy Wieringa

De schrijvers Alex Boogers, Margot Vanderstraeten en Tommy Wieringa zijn genomineerd voor de E. du Perronprijs 2017De jury van de E. du Perronprijs  heeft de volgende drie boeken genomineerd, waarbij het schrijverschap van Du Perron als leidraad en inspiratie heeft gegolden. De uitreiking vindt plaats op woensdagavond 18 april bij bkkc brabants kenniscentrum voor kunst en cultuur in Tilburg. Marja Pruis, schrijver en redacteur van de Groene Amsterdammer, houdt dan de E. du Perronlezing over arrogantie.

Onder een hemel van sproeten – Alex Boogers
Sproeten of sterren? Geleidelijk wordt de lezer dit verhaal ingetrokken en worden fascinerende personages voorgesteld: de zwarte onaangepaste Harvey, het getormenteerde maar getalenteerde buurmeisje Amy, de oude man Jacob met zijn hond Muis, de stratenmaker Angelo die Harvey van literaire boeken voorziet. Stuk voor stuk eenzame personages die anders zijn dan de mensen om hen heen, en die door Boogers op empathische wijze gepresenteerd worden. Dit is een roman over ongewone vriendschappen, ontwrichting en vergelding.

Mazzel tov. Mijn leven als werkstudente bij een orthodox-joodse familie – Margot Vanderstraeten
Dit boek biedt een fascinerend persoonlijk verslag van het leven als huiswerkbegeleider bij een orthodox-joodse familie in Antwerpen en geeft een unieke longitudinale blik op een besloten gemeenschap. Verschillen worden intelligent en integer besproken, en de lezer is getuige van de wederzijdse verwondering over anders-zijn. De respectvolle subjectieve toon wordt nooit onderbroken. Een empathisch maar ook informatief boek dat toont hoe je van elkaar kunt leren, zonder de scherpe randjes van intermenselijke relaties af te schaven.

De heilige Rita – Tommy Wieringa
Het bekende, provincialistische, kleine van een dorpsgemeenschap wordt op een natuurlijke manier geconfronteerd met het exotische, onbekende, en vreemde. Het fictieve maar onmiskenbaar Twentse Mariënveen is een dorp waar de horeca is overgenomen door Chinezen. Slavische talen klinken in het dorpscafé. Achterhaalde kruidenierswaren (waaronder pakjes Saroma) liggen te verstoffen en verkleuren in de winkel van Pietje Piep. En moederlijke Rita in Club Pancha biedt betaalde troost. Wieringa’s roman evoceert hoe Nederland veranderde, juist in een krimpregio aan de grens met Duitsland.

E. du Perronprijs
De E. du Perronprijs is een initiatief van de gemeente Tilburg, de School of Humanities and Digital Sciences van Tilburg University en brabants kenniscentrum voor kunst en cultuur (bkkc). De prijs is bedoeld voor personen of instellingen die, net als Du Perron in zijn tijd, grenzen signaleren en doorbreken die wederzijds begrip tussen verschillende bevolkingsgroepen in de weg staan. De prijs bestaat uit een geldbedrag van €2500 euro en een textiel object, ontworpen door studio ‘by aaaa’ (Moyra Besjes en Natasja Lauwers) en vervaardigd bij het TextielMuseum in Tilburg. Vorig jaar won Stefan Hertmans de prijs voor zijn roman De Bekeerlinge. Andere laureaten waren onder meer Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (2015), Mohammed Benzakour (2013), Koen Peeters (2012), Ramsey Nasr (2011) en Alice Boot & Rob Woortman (2010).

Marja Pruis houdt de achtste E. du Perronlezing.

De E. du Perronprijs 2017 wordt op woensdagavond 18 april 2018 uitgereikt tijdens de avond dat ook de E. du Perronlezing wordt gehouden bij het brabants kenniscentrum voor kunst en cultuur (bkkc) aan de Spoorlaan 21 i-k. Voor tijden en programma zie www.bkkc.nl/eduperron. Meer informatie over de prijs vindt u op: www.tilburguniversity.edu/duperronprijs.

Voor het bijwonen van de uitreiking kunnen belangstellenden en genodigden zich aanmelden via www.bkkc.nl/eduperron.

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Smoke by John Berger (Author) and‎ Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator)

“Once upon a time, men, women and (secretly) children smoked.”

Following the success of Cataract, John Berger, one of the great soothsayers of seeing, joins forces again with Turkish illustrator Selcuk Demirel. This charming pictorial essay reflects on the cultural implications of smoking. A subtle and beautifully illustrated prose poem, Smoke lingers in the mind.

This charming illustrated work reflects on the cultural implications of smoking, and suggests, through a series of brilliantly inventive illustrations, that society’s attitude to smoke is both paradoxical and intolerant. It portrays a world in which smokers, banished from public places, must encounter one another as outlaws. Meanwhile, car exhausts and factory chimneys continue to pollute the atmosphere. Smoke is a beautifully illustrated prose poem that lingers in the mind.

“A cigarette is a breathing space. It makes a parenthesis. The time of a cigarette is a parenthesis, and if it is shared you are both in that parenthesis. It’s like a proscenium arch for a dialogue.” – John Berger (in interview)

In contemporary English letters John Berger seems to me peerless. Not since D. H. Lawrence has there been a writer who offers such attentiveness to the sensual world with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience.
—Susan Sontag

In his ceaselessly inventive work, Selçuk often uses parts of the body in ways that are characteristically Turkish…as if the comedy of the human condition were there in the human body, in the melancholy of anatomy.
—John Berger, on Selçuk Demirel

Smoke
by John Berger (Author)
and‎ Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator)
Hardcover, $18.95
Available in Hardcover on May 8, 2018
ISBN10 1910749478
ISBN13 9781910749470
From Notting Hill Editions
70 pages

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Bert Bevers gedicht: Domburg

 

Domburg

Villa Carmen Sylva: een lang geleden koningin
heeft in haar woning nog haar naam bewaard.
Met haar verzen is zij door de mazen van het net
des tijds reeds verdwenen. Dit dorp heeft zich
sedertdien schrap gezet in langzaam blijven.
Vloeden laten zich gedwee door palen breken,
dwars zitten duinen tussen bosch & zee.

Wij kuieren hier, in al ons wonen Scheldetrouw,
de drempel tussen jeugd en ouderdom omver.
Staren op die westenwind een meeuw na,
of vergeten van dit gezicht ons was verboden.
Weten in de kermis van de kennis in ons hoofd
zat oude tijden: met schip en vruchtenmand
als storm gilt uit alle hoeken fluistert Nehalennia.

 

Bert Bevers
Gedicht: Domburg
Eerder verschenen in De Vrije Domburger, 2001

Bert Bevers is a poet and writer who lives and works in Antwerp (Be)
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Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment by A.J. Lees

A fascinating account by one of the world’s leading neurologists of the profound influence of William Burroughs on his medical career.

Lees relates how Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, inspired him to discover a ground-breaking treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. Lees journeys to the Amazonian rainforest in search of cures, and through self-experimentation seeks to find the answers his patients crave. He enters a powerful plea for the return of imagination to medical research.

A fascinating personal account by one of the world’s leading neurologists of the profound influence of William Burroughs on his medical career. Lees journeys to the Amazonian rainforest in search of cures, and through self-experimentation seeks to find the answers his patients crave. ‘The inevitable comparison with the late, great Oliver Sacks is entirely just.’ – Professor Raymond Tallis

Mentored by a Madman:
The William Burroughs Experiment
by A.J. Lees (Author),‎
James Grauerholz (Foreword)
Hardcover
Pages: 236
$16.11
September 12, 2017
Series: Notting Hill Editions
ISBN: 9781910749104

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Mark Alexander Boyd: Sonet

 

 Sonet

Fra bank to bank, fra wood to wood I rin,
Ourhailit with my feeble fantasie;
Like til a leaf that fallis from a tree,
Or til a reed ourblawin with the win.

Twa gods guides me: the ane of tham is blin,
Yea and a bairn brocht up in vanitie;
The next a wife ingenrit of the sea,
And lichter nor a dauphin with her fin.

Unhappy is the man for evermair
That tills the sand and sawis in the air;
But twice unhappier is he, I lairn,
That feidis in his hairt a mad desire,
And follows on a woman throw the fire,
Led by a blind and teachit by a bairn.

Mark Alexander Boyd
(1563-1601)
Sonet

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Julian Barnes: The Only Story (Novel)

The brilliant new novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending. Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.

First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn’t know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he’s proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention.

As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.
Tender and profound, The Only Story is an achingly beautiful novel by one of fiction’s greatest mappers of the human heart.

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d’honneur.

 

 

“Most of my friends were far-flung, and –
by some unexpressed but clear parental mandate –
use of the telephone was discouraged.
A letter, and then a letter in reply.
It was all slow-paced, and lonely.”

from: The Only Story

 

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, includingThe Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; four collections of essays; and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times Number One bestseller Levels of Life. He lives in London.

“A novel that quietly sinks its hooks into the reader and refuses to let go.” – The Times

Julian Barnes
The Only Story
Novel
Hardback, £16.99
224 pages
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
01 February 2018
ISBN: 9781787330696

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A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun. The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks by Angela Jackson

A look back at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, in celebration of her hundredth birthday

Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the great American literary icons of the twentieth century, a protégé of Langston Hughes and mentor to a generation of poets, including Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, and Elizabeth Alexander.

Her poetry took inspiration from the complex portraits of black American life she observed growing up on Chicago’s Southside—a world of kitchenette apartments and vibrant streets. From the desk in her bedroom, as a child she filled countless notebooks with poetry, encouraged by the likes of Hughes and affirmed by Richard Wright, who called her work “raw and real.”

Over the next sixty years, Brooks’s poetry served as witness to the stark realities of urban life: the evils of lynching, the murders of Emmett Till and Malcolm X, the revolutionary effects of the civil rights movement, and the burgeoning power of the Black Arts Movement. Critical acclaim and the distinction in 1950 as the first black person ever awarded a Pulitzer Prize helped solidify Brooks as a unique and powerful voice.

Now, in A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun, fellow Chicagoan and award-winning writer Angela Jackson delves deep into the rich fabric of Brooks’s work and world. Granted unprecedented access to Brooks’s family, personal papers, and writing community, Jackson traces the literary arc of this artist’s long career and gives context for the world in which Brooks wrote and published her work. It is a powerfully intimate look at a once-in-a-lifetime talent up close, using forty-three of Brooks’s most soul-stirring poems as a guide.

From trying to fit in at school (“Forgive and Forget”), to loving her physical self (“To Those of My Sisters Who Kept Their Naturals”), to marriage and motherhood (“Maud Martha”), to young men on her block (“We Real Cool”), to breaking history (“Medgar Evers”), to newfound acceptance from her community and her elevation to a “surprising queenhood” (“The Wall”), Brooks lived life through her work.

Jackson deftly unpacks it all for both longtime admirers of Brooks and newcomers curious about her interior life. A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun is a commemoration of a writer who negotiated black womanhood and incomparable brilliance with a changing, restless world—an artistic maverick way ahead of her time.

What shall I give my children? who are poor,
Who are adjudged the leastwise of the land,
Who are my sweetest lepers, who demand
No velvet and no velvety velour;
But who have begged me for a brisk contour,
Crying that they are quasi, contraband
Because unfinished, graven by a hand
Less than angelic, admirable or sure.

from ‘The Children of the Poor’

Angela Jackson is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including the National Book Award–nominated And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New. Her novel Where I Must Go won the American Book Award in 2009. Its sequel, Roads, Where There Are No Roads, was published in 2017. Additionally, Jackson was longlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and a longlist finalist for the PEN Open Book Award for her 2015 poetry collection, It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, Academy of American Poets Prize, TriQuarterly’s Daniel Curley Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award. Jackson lives in Chicago.

A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun
The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks
By Angela Jackson
Paperback – $18.00
ISBN 9780807059128
Published by Beacon Press
208 Pages
May 29, 2018

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To the Fringed Gentian by William Cullen Bryant

 

To the Fringed Gentian

Thou blossom bright with autumn dew,
And coloured with the heaven’s own blue,
That openest when the quiet light
Succeeds the keen and frosty night.

Thou comest not when violets lean
O’er wandering brooks and springs unseen,
Or columbines, in purple dressed,
Nod o’er the ground-bird’s hidden nest.

Thou waitest late and com’st alone,
When woods are bare and birds are flown,
And frosts and shortening days portend
The aged year is near his end.

Then doth thy sweet and quiet eye
Look through its fringes to the sky,
Blue—blue—as if that sky let fall
A flower from its cerulean wall.

I would that thus, when I shall see
The hour of death draw near to me,
Hope, blossoming within my heart,
May look to heaven as I depart.

 

William Cullen Bryant
(1794-1878)
To the Fringed Gentian

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The Unaccompanied. Poems by Simon Armitage

A powerful new collection of poetry from the National Book Critics Circle Award nominee and recipient of the Forward Poetry Prize.

In The Unaccompanied, Armitage gives voice to the people of Britain with a haunting grace.

We meet characters whose sense of isolation is both emotional and political, both real and metaphorical, from a son made to groom the garden hedge as punishment, to a nurse standing alone at a bus stop as the centuries pass by, to a latter-day Odysseus looking for enlightenment and hope in the shadowy underworld of a cut-price supermarket.

We see the changing shape of England itself, viewed from a satellite “like a shipwreck’s carcass raised on a sea-crane’s hook, / nothing but keel, beams, spars, down to its bare bones.”

In this exquisite collection, Armitage X-rays the weary but ironic soul of his nation, with its “Songs about mills and mines and a great war, / lines about mermaids and solid gold hills, / songs from broken hymnbooks and cheesy films”–in poems that blend the lyrical and the vernacular, with his trademark eye for detail and biting wit.

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published eleven collections of poetry, including Seeing Stars, Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989 – 2014, and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

The Shout: Selected Poems, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and his translation of the medieval poem Pearl received the 2017 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. He writes extensively for radio and television, has published three best-selling non-fiction titles, and his theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. He has taught at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, and in 2015 was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

Simon Armitage
The Unaccompanied
Poems
Published by Knopf
Hardcover
$27.00
Aug. 2017
96 Pages
ISBN 9781524732424

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Jevgeni Baratynski: Ontgoocheling (vertaling Paul Bezembinder)

 

Ontgoocheling

Laat mij niet almaar zinloos lijden,
Zeg niet dat jij nog van mij houdt,
Wat er ook was in vroeger tijden,
Het laat mijn arme hart nu koud!
Nee, ik geloof niet in jouw liefde,
Nee, ik geloof daar niet meer aan,
Sinds jij mijn arme ziel zo griefde,
Kan ik mij niet meer laten gaan!
Vergeet de uren, thans vervlogen,
Vergroot de blinde wanhoop niet,
Mijn zieke hart, zozeer bedrogen,
Zag graag dat jij het rusten liet!
Ik slaap, ben net in slaap gevallen,
Vergeet jouw dromen van weleer,
Wat er ook was, ‘t is ons ontvallen,
Dit hart krijg jij niet wakker meer.

Jevgeni Baratynski,
(1800 – 1844)
Разуверение,
gedicht 1821,
vertaling Paul Bezembinder, 2016.

(Meer over Paul Bezembinder is te vinden op zijn website: www.paulbezembinder.nl)
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Pierre-Jean de Béranger: La double ivresse

 

La double ivresse

Je reposais sous l’ombrage,
Quand Nœris vint m’éveiller :
Je crus voir sur son visage
Le feu du désir briller.
Sur son front Zéphyr agite
La rose et le pampre vert ;
Et de son sein qui palpite
Flotte le voile entrouvert.

Un enfant qui suit sa trace
(Son frère, si je l’en crois)
Presse pour remplir sa tasse
Des raisins entre ses doigts.
Tandis qu’à mes yeux la belle
Chante et danse à ses chansons,
L’enfant, caché derrière elle,
Mêle au vin d’affreux poisons.

Nœris prend la tasse pleine,
Y goûte, et vient me l’offrir.
Ah ! dis-je, la ruse est vaine :
Je sais qu’on peut en mourir.
Tu le veux, enchanteresse !
Je bois, dussé-je en ce jour
Du vin expier l’ivresse
Par l’ivresse de l’amour.

Mon délire fut extrême :
Mais aussi qu’il dura peu !
Ce n’est plus Nœris que j’aime,
Et Nœris s’en fait un jeu.
De ces ardeurs infidèles
Ce qui reste, c’est qu’enfin,
Depuis, à l’amour des belles
J’ai mêlé le goût du vin.

 

Pierre-Jean de Béranger
(1780-1857)
La double ivresse
Toutes les chansons de Béranger (1843)

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Richard Burton: Across the Fields to Anne

 

Across the Fields to Anne

How often in the summer-tide,
His graver business set aside,
Has stripling Will, the thoughtful-eyed,
As to the pipe of Pan,
Stepped blithesomely with lover’s pride
Across the fields to Anne.

It must have been a merry mile,
This summer stroll by hedge and stile,
With sweet foreknowledge all the while
How sure the pathway ran
To dear delights of kiss and smile,
Across the fields to Anne.

The silly sheep that graze to-day,
I wot, they let him go his way,
Nor once looked up, as who should say:
“It is a seemly man.”
For many lads went wooing aye
Across the fields to Anne.

The oaks, they have a wiser look;
Mayhap they whispered to the brook:
“The world by him shall yet be shook,
It is in nature’s plan;
Though now he fleets like any rook
Across the fields to Anne.”

And I am sure, that on some hour
Coquetting soft ‘twixt sun and shower,
He stooped and broke a daisy-flower
With heart of tiny span,
And bore it as a lover’s dower
Across the fields to Anne.

While from her cottage garden-bed
She plucked a jasmine’s goodlihede,
To scent his jerkin’s brown instead;
Now since that love began,
What luckier swain than he who sped
Across the fields to Anne?

The winding path whereon I pace,
The hedgerow’s green, the summer’s grace,
Are still before me face to face;
Methinks I almost can
Turn poet and join the singing race
Across the fields to Anne!

Richard Burton
(1861-1940)

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