The Forbidden Kingdom by Jacob Slauerhoff

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Slauerhoff's novel, first published in 1932, is regarded as an important example of Dutch modernism


Slauerhoff's The Forbidden Kingdom is a blend of historical chronicle, fiction and commentary, bringing together the seemingly unrelated lives of a twentieth-century ship's radio operator and the sixteenth-century Portuguese poet-in-exile, Luis Camo~es. Slauerhoff draws his reader into a dazzling world of exoticism, betrayal and exile, where past and present merge and the possibility of death is never far away.

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Jan Jacob Slauerhoff was born in the Leeuwarden, The Netherlands in 1898. After a childhood plagued by bouts of asthma, he studied medicine in Amsterdam, where he also began writing poetry. His first work was published in 1921, and by the end of his life he was considered one of the most important writers in Dutch.In 1923, upon graduating from university, Slauerhoff signed up as a ship’s surgeon with the Dutch East India Company. Despite poor health, he returned to the sea throughout his life, voyaging many times to the Far East, Latin America and Africa. On his last voyage, to South Africa in 1935, Slauerhoff contracted malaria. He died in Hilversum, The Netherlands in 1936 at thirty-eight. Paul Vincent is one of the most renowned translators of Dutch literature for the past twenty years. His work is internationally recognised and he has won quite a few major awards. He was the recipient of the first David Reid Poetry Translation Prize for this translation of Hendrik Marsman’s famous poem 'Herinnering aan Holland' (Memory of Holland) in 2006. Paul has recently translated an impressive list of Dutch literary novels including: 'Inevitable' by Louis Couperus (Pushkin Press, London, 2005). He has a strong academic background in literature, linguistics and translation theory as well as teaching and practical interpreting experience. From 1967 to 1989 he was a full time Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Dutch Language and Literature at Bedford College, University of London, and University College London. He left his academic career in 1989 to become a freelance translator of Dutch and German into English. He writes many articles and continues to act as a tutor for a wide range of courses and workshops.
Published February 12, 2013 by Pushkin Collection. 304 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Oct 30 2012

Slauerhoff's novel, first published in 1932, is regarded as an important example of Dutch modernism

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