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Hella S. Haasse
Batavia 2 Feb. 1918 - Amsterdam 29 Sept. 2011 • Dutch novelist and essayist

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BOOKS BY HELLA S. HAASSE:

Forever a Stranger and Other Stories
1948
In this collection of stories, the Dutch writer Hella Haasse deals with themes of alienation and estrangement. Born in the Dutch East Indies, Haasse calls up the images, people, and memories of her childhood.
ON HELLA S. HAASSE'S BOOKSHELF

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Victor Hugo, 1832
Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell-ringer of Notre-Dame in Paris is mocked and shunned for his appearance. Esmeralda is the beautiful gypsy dancer who has pity upon him. This old tale mourns the passing of the medieval Paris that the author loved.

Buddenbrooks
Thomas Mann, 1901
This story of a prosperous Hanseatic family and their gradual disintegration is also a portrayal of the transition from the stable bourgeois life of the 19th century to a modern uncertainty.

Max Havelaar or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company
Multatuli, 1860
Sending shockwaves through the Dutch nation when it was published in 1860, this damning expose of the terrible conditions in the colonies led to welfare reforms in Java and continues to inspire the fairtrade movement today.

Ivanhoe
Sir Walter Scott, 1820
Ivanhoe, son of Cedric, of Saxon birth, loves Rowena, who traces her descent to King Alfred, and who returns his love. Cedric, who is devoted to the restoration of the Saxon line to the throne of England sees the chance of effecting this in the marriage of Rowena to Athelstane and banishes Ivanhoe.

[De schaapherder]
Jan Frederik Oltmans, 1837
One of the most famous (Dutch) historical novels from the 19th century.

The Rose of Dekama
Jacob van Lennep, 1836
A historical romance about Willem IV (c. 1318-1345), by 'the Walter Scott of Holland'.

Kristin Lavransdatter
Sigrid Undset, 1920-1922
This trilogy of more than one thousand pages follows its title character through her life in fourteenth-century Scandinavia. It is a novel full of big and dramatic happenings: romantic intrigues, political schemes, and spiritual debates. It is also a novel about one woman's life.

[Het vijfde zegel]
S. Vestdijk, 1937
Vestdijk's historical novel about the painter El Greco (1541-1613).

[Uit de suiker in de tabak]
Paulus Adrianus (P.A.) Daum, 1883-1884
The story of James van Tuyll, a student who is sent to the East Indies to ' mend his ways'.

The Ten Thousand Things
Maria Dermoût, 1955
The story of Felicia, who returns with her baby son from Holland to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, to the house and garden that were her birthplace, over which her powerful grandmother still presides.

The Tea Lords
1992
"Dutch East Indies"
A planter-pioneer in the Dutch East Indies sacrifices his wife and family to his own ambitions.
WHAT TO READ AFTER HEREN VAN DE THEE?

IN HELLA HAASSE'S FOOTSTEPS
The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi
Arthur Japin, 1997
In 1837, two young African princes arrive at the court of Willem I in the Netherlands. Treated as curiosities by white people, their friendship suffers and their paths diverge. Years later, as the 20th century dawns, the elderly Kwasi sits down to write his autobiography.

[Hoe duur was de suiker?]
Cynthia McLeod, 1987
Novel about a family of Jewish plantation owners in 18th-century Surinam.

[Tine of De Dalen waar het leven woont]
Nelleke Noordervliet, 1987
Fictional diary of Everdine van Wijnbergen, wife of Eduard Douwes Dekker (Multatuli).

[De afgewende stad]
Hélène Nolthenius, 1970
An archeologist, living in studious isolation, is confronted with the question of whether a person has the right to isolate herself from her fellow man.

NOVELS OF THE FORMER DUTCH EAST INDIES
The Ten Thousand Things
Maria Dermoût, 1955
The story of Felicia, who returns with her baby son from Holland to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, to the house and garden that were her birthplace, over which her powerful grandmother still presides.

Rubber
Madelon Hermine (M.H.) Székely Lulofs, 1931
First published in 1931, this novel of scandal among the Dutch rubber-planters in Sumatra shocked European society.

SETTLERS
Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys, 1966
This novel describes the life of Antoinette Cosway, the fictional character who becomes the madwoman in the attic in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

World's End
T.C. Boyle, 1987
Haunted by the burden of his family' s traitorous past, woozy with pot, cheap wine and sex, disturbed by a frightening real encounter with some family ghosts, Walter Van Brunt is about to have a collision with history. It will lead Walter to search for his father.

[De stille plantage]
Albert Helman, 1931
A Huguenot and his family emigrate in the 17th century to the West-Indies, but encounter many difficulties in trying to build their new life.

The Grass is Singing
Doris Lessing, 1950
Set in Rhodesia, this is the story of Dick, a failed white farmer and his wife, Mary, dependent and disappointed. Both are trapped by poverty, and in the heat of the brick and tin house, hemmed in by the bush, Mary finds herself seeking solace in the arms of the houseboy.

'The Last House in the World'
Beb Vuyk, 1939
Two classic works that bring to life the harsh realities of colonists of the former Dutch Indies in the early twentieth century.

In a Dark Wood Wandering
1949
Charles d'Orleans (1394-1465), shy nephew of mad French king Charles VI, is the focus of this historical novel, first published in the Netherlands in 1949.
The Scarlet City
1952
Against the turbulent backdrop of the Italian Wars (1494-1559) Haasse traces the lives and struggles of some of Italy's most famous citizens - Michelangelo Buonarroti, Niccolo Machiavelli, Vittoria Colonna - in chapters interspersed with the diary of soldier/adventurer Giovanni Borgia.
Threshold of Fire
1966
A 1964 historical novel newly translated from the Dutch in which the clash of religions and codes of honor comes vividly to the fore in Christianized fifth-century Rome.
[Schaduwbeeld of Het geheim van Appeltern]
1989

[Mevrouw Bentinck of Onverenigbaarheid van karakter]
1978

[De tuinen van Bomarzo]
1968

ON HELLA S. HAASSE'S BOOKSHELF

Dangerous Liasons
Pierre Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos, 1779

[Een gevaarlijke verhouding, of Daal-en-Bergse brieven]
1976

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