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Tip Marugg
publisher: , 1957

translated as:
Weekend Pilgrimage
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1960
translation: Roy Edwards

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Weekend Pilgrimage is the first of three impressively individual novels by the reclusive Tip Marugg, whose life on Curaçao, in the words of one (rare) interviewer, revolves mainly around ‘drink, writing and dogs’.
This is a literature of stasis and reflection rather than action: what has been called Marugg’s ‘tropical existentialism’ tends to focus on situations where the central character is – at least temporarily – isolated and insulated from everyday life and can give free rein to memory (both recent and distant), fantasy and wish fulfilment.
In Weekend Pilgrimage the narrator has been on a drinking binge and on his way home has skidded off the road into a shallow ditch where he spends some hours sobering up during a tropical
storm. He relives his aimless progression from bar to bar – the ‘pilgrimage’of the title – his encounters with his fellow-islanders, male and female, contemplates suicide (though, unlike the later protagonist of The Roar of Morning, he does not actually kill himself), feels alienated and restless on this ‘black man’s island’, but cannot summon the energy to emigrate, though he has an air ticket to Canada. Finally he becomes reconciled with his condition: ‘This is my town. This is my island. Am I alone?’ and drives off to face another day of indecision and sweltering heat.
Marugg’s economical and carefully wrought style infuses what could be simply sordid and humdrum with an intense, almost visionary quality. (from:


Weekend Pilgrimage
A solitary drinker on Curaçao goes through various stages of mind expansion and 'mind constriction'.
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