The Following Story by Cees Nooteboom

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Herman Mussert went to bed last night in Amsterdam and wakes in Lisbon in a hotel room where he slept with another man’s wife more than twenty years ago. Winner of the European Literary Prize for Best Novel, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Translated by Ina Rilke. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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CEES NOOTEBOOM was born in 1933 in The Hague. He has published nine novels and over a dozen collections of travel writing, including Roads to Santiago. He lives in Amsterdam and Spain.
Published October 5, 1994 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Herbert also remembers his gifted student Lisa d'India, whose affair with Maria's doltish husband led to a tragedy of classic scope, diminished by the survivors' banal responses.

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Dutch novelist Nooteboom presents a short fable of a schoolmaster's journey through memory and imagination in the final seconds of his life.

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As Mussert sets off on a transatlantic voyage, other equally teasing questions arise: is he dreaming in Amsterdam, or is his life flashing before him as he dies at the end of his voyage?

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