Probably not, but Cees Nooteboom’s “The Following Story” comes awfully close. .. “La historia siguiente” es una de esas pequeñas novelas con las que de vez. La Historia Siguiente (Siruela/Bolsillo) by Cees Nooteboom at – ISBN – ISBN – Siruela – – Softcover. La historia siguiente / The following story by Cees Nooteboom, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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From the description in the opening paragraph you might imagine the protagonist is a complex man. I’m hesitant though to read more of Cees Nooteboom’s books, as I’m afraid I might have the same reaction lz his writing I couldn’t be swept by the pompous words line-up, I couldn’t feel the magic, I couldn’t truly relate to the novel.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Read more Read less. Write a customer review. In het bijzonder de fragmenten over klassieke talen spraken me heel erg aan. Short and sharp, one of those books ceed don’t just reward but practically demand repeated readings.

Nooteboom, who is also known for lw travel books, is an extraordinary – and extraordinarily erudite – stylist, forever spinning ethereal webs out of time and love and memory and solitude and his formidable knowledge of vast tracts of human endeavour, most especially the classics with which he evidently has an intimate familiarity.

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The Following Story

Apr 07, Irina Stanescu rated it liked it. Despite its length it is not a quick read. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

La historia siguiente / The following story

May 22, El rated it really liked it Shelves: Sebald who can present unknown icons to me but still leave me connected to the text and completely engaged. So close that when I had finished reading the novella, I immediately read it again.


View all 3 comments. At one point he reflects: This is a short, rich book that is a quite refreshing combination of coy and unfolding. He has won the Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren, the P. Some of the ultra convoluted sentences and all the references to greek mythology make it hard to read. It is swiftly move on to a deeper lever with Ovid’s poetic masterpiece, Metamorphosesending with a reflection of the life and poetry of the class For the first third of the book a novella of pagesI vacillated between three and four stars, but Nooteboom’s stream of speech prose swept me away.

It felt dry, like the unhappy result of a creative course in which the rule is to replace simple phrases with masterfully elaborated ones. In fact, I’m not sure what the point is at all. This is certainly a book where rereading would be rewarding especially when faced with an ending which it also a beginning.

The Following Story by Cees Nooteboom

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. One night, Herman Mussert goes to sleep in his house in Amsterdam and the following morning wakes up in a hotel room in Lisbon.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Jul 04, Tyler Jones rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book. It starts out as the anti-Kafka – a man wakes up in his bed with the sensation that something is different but finds his body unchanged – instead, having gone to sleep in Amsterdam, he awakes in Lisbon, hixtoria the very hotel room where, 20 years earlier, the emotional high-point of his life took place, an affair with a fellow teacher.

And so he finds himself here, today, once more in Lisbon, poking around the ashes of long dead loves, recollections of adultery and of a profound Platonic love. Il personaggio del professore o Nooteboom stesso? Zij wisten zelf niet hoe ze heetten, welke dwaze gestalten onze beperkte ogen hhistoria in ze herkend hadden, schorpioenen, paarden, slangen, leeuwen van brandend gas, en daaronder wij, met de onuitroeibare gedachte dat we het middelpunt waren, met diep beneden ons nog zo’n gesloten koepel, een rond en veilig scherm om ons heen dat zich altijd hetzelfde zou tonen.


That is to say, in the intimate proximity of the female body I am the most defenseless of creatures. What makes this book so powerful is that its ostensibly main theme – our impermanence – is not the dominating one; “The Following Story” is also about love in its multitude of forms: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

I was kind of distracted by then, so I didn’t immediately realize historiw he had ended up on the boat and what all that meant. I was forever lost at sea, and even when brought to ccees attention by details provided regarding an illicit affair I never felt wholly involved in the text.

And Mussert’s passionate affair has dire consequences. For a man who lives his life at an aesthetic distance, a distance he creates siguientte his books and ancient literature, this is a complete role reversal.

Does a child of 8 not have a life to remember? Well, The Following Story tried to be such a book, but didn’t succeed – at I’ve failed to write a review after finishing The Following Story and now, a month nooteboo, I’m tempted to lower the rating and I’m doing it ; the book didn’t linger in my mind, the story was almost forgotten the moment I closed the covers.

It is depressing to think that this stands for culture, knowledge, and even psychological insight.