Introduction, by Joost ZwagermanChronologyMarcellus Emants An Eccentric Een zonderling Louis Couperus The Opera Glasses De binocle Arthur van Schendel The Green Dream De groene droom Nescio Young Titans Titaantjes F Bordewijk The Briefcase De aktetas Maria Dermo t The Sirens De sirenen Simon Vestdijk My Brown Friend De bruine vriend Belcampo Funeral Rights Uitvaart A Alberts Green Groen Anton Koolhaas Mr Tip is the Fattest Pig Mijnheer Tip is de dikste meneer Hella Haasse The Portrait Het portret W F Hermans Glass Glas F B Hotz Women Win Vrouwen winnen Harry Mulisch What Happened to Sergeant Massuro Wat gebeurde er met Sergeant MassuroJan Wolkers Feathered Friends Gevederde vrienden Cees Nooteboom PaulaRemco Campert The Kid with the Knife De jongen met het mes J M A Biesheuvel The Shattering Truth De verpletterende werkelijkheid Bob den Uyl War is Fun Oorlog is leuk Maarten t Hart Castle Muider Het Muiderslot Helga Ruebsamen Olive Olijfje Mensje van Keulen Sand De spiegel Nicolaas Matsier The Minnema Variations De Minnemavariaties Frans Kellendonk Foreign Service Buitenlandse dienst Oek de Jong The Motionless Man De onbeweeglijke Thomas Rosenboom Tincture Tinctuur A F Th van der Heijden The Byzantine Cross Het byzantijnse kruis Margriet de Moor Sunrise Day De dag van Zonnegloren P F Thom se The Southern Continent Zuidland Marcel M ring East BergholtManon Uphoff Poop Poep Joost Zwagerman Winnie and the Innocence of the World Winnie en de onschuld Hafid Bouazza Ghost Town Spookstad Arnon Grunberg Someone Else Iemand anders Sanneke van Hassel Indian TimeJoost de Vries A Room of My Own Een kamer voor mezelf Author BiographiesAcknowledgements Every month or so, The Economist does a review of contemporary fiction from a particular country, and recently it was the Netherlands I happen to live there, though my Dutch is limited, so it was great to find current literature in translation. This was so very good And unexpected I picked it up on a recent trip in Amsterdam and didn t know what to expect Really quite excellent work. I feel bad because these stories are supposed to classic dutch short stories, but I only liked 2 or 3 Like the opera glass and the suitcase, but others made me fall asleep, so it felt like a choir finishing them It was nice to be introduced to some new authors but overall it wasn t that great. For Anyone Interested In European Literature These Stories Are An Undiscovered Snapshot Of Some Of The Most Interesting And Important Writing Of The Twentieth And Twenty First Century From The Same Culture That Consistently Draws Worldwide Attention For Its Groundbreaking And Avante Garde Movements In The Visual Arts, This Collection Displays The Same Playfulness, Innovation And Sense Of Humour In Dutch Literary Movements The Stories Are Varied Subversive, Profound, Hilarious Stylistically Experimental And Psychologically AstuteThe Majority Of These Stories Appear Here In English For The First Time, And Many Of These Names Will Be Unfamiliar To English Speaking Audiences Dutch Writers Have Been Gaining A Swell Of Praise In Recent Years, And Have Been Lauded By Figures Such As J M Coetzee, Milan Kundera And John Updike An excellent overview of Dutch literature and perhaps Dutch spirit through short stories. ReadYo Shelves Own Category Short StoriesThis is the best compilation of short stories I have ever read If I could I would rate it with six stars.And it is such a wonderful edition Penguin did a really good job here Loved to hold it in my hands.