533 Days

Cees Nooteboom; Translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson; With Photographs by Simone Sassen

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Though a tireless explorer of distant cultures, Cees Nooteboom has also been returning to the island of Menorca, “the island of the wind,” for more than forty years, and it is in his house there, with a study full of books and a garden taken over with native plants and fauna, that the 533 days of writing take place.
533 Days is a meditative rhapsody that is nonetheless haunted by the threat of a disintegrating Europe and other worries of being a global citizen. With thoughts ranging from his suffering hibiscus plant to the death of David Bowie, Nooteboom meditates on how despite the avoidance of current events, he finds himself forced to reckon with today’s world because, as Candide says, one must cultivate one’s own garden, and one’s own garden is in the world, whether one likes it or not.

Cees Nooteboom (b. 1933) is a poet, novelist, and travel writer who has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, such as the Pegasus Prize and the Aristeion Prize. Laura Watkinson is an award-winning translator of Dutch, Italian, and German who has translated several works by Nooteboom, including Venice: The Lion, the City and the Water. Both Nooteboom and Watkinson live in Amsterdam.

ISBN: 9780300264500
Publication Date: March 22, 2022
224 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
15 b/w illus.

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