Probably not, but Cees Nooteboom’s “The Following Story” comes awfully close. .. “La historia siguiente” es una de esas pequeñas novelas con las que de vez. La Historia Siguiente (Siruela/Bolsillo) by Cees Nooteboom at – ISBN – ISBN – Siruela – – Softcover. La historia siguiente / The following story by Cees Nooteboom, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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More often than not, the writing comes across as pretentious and refers to many abstract notions with little explanation. Ina Rilke’s translation dazzles in its ability to keep pace with Nooteboom’s pyrotechnics – here’s an extract: Zij wisten zelf niet hoe ze heetten, welke dwaze gestalten onze beperkte ogen ooit in ze herkend hadden, schorpioenen, paarden, slangen, leeuwen van brandend gas, en daaronder wij, met de onuitroeibare gedachte dat we het middelpunt waren, met diep beneden ons nog zo’n gesloten koepel, een rond en veilig scherm om ons heen dat zich altijd hetzelfde zou tonen.

This entire city is a goodbye. In fact, I’m not sure what the point is at all. Niciuna dintre carti nu ma ajuta sa inteleg lectia anticilor?

The translation is extraordinary; I do not believe the prose of the original could be any more luminous and delightful. Lists with This Historja. I enjoyed it – probably not most people’s cup of tea, though.

La historia siguiente / The following story

I couldn’t be swept by the pompous words line-up, I couldn’t feel the magic, I couldn’t truly relate nootebiom the novel. I had wanted to tell her that too, but unfortunately conversations consist for the most part of things one does not say. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. So subtly strange and elusive, I may have to read it again, even though so much else calls. He is also a man in love, a love that has come unexpectedly late in life and one he finds he is not, as if anyone every really is, in control of.


Door sifuiente ontbreken van elk ander lich iets te geforceerd ‘roman’, als in: Some of the ultra convoluted sentences and all the references to greek mythology make it hard to read. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The word “goodbye” is drifting in the air around me and I can’t seem to catch hold of it. Jan 18, Ema rated it it was ok Shelves: Jul 29, Marie rated it liked it.

The Following Story

I enjoyed mooteboom beautiful descriptions and philosophical debates, as well as the narration style that alternates between farther past, more recent past, and present. I was forever lost at sea, and even when brought to rapt attention by details provided regarding an illicit affair I never felt wholly involved in the text.

Dec 06, Jim rated it liked it Recommends it for: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. But that is not to say I do not appreciate the almost secret code that only others privy to the ancients might understand and expound on in the wonderful reviews hixtoria sometimes follow their readings.

One night, Herman Mussert goes to sleep in his house in Amsterdam and the following morning wakes up in a hotel room in Lisbon.

There’s something about this book that just feels like the writer is trying very hard to be philosophical, which isn’t bad in itself, but the great philosophical tales are the ones that don’t smash you over the head with their message and take you on lz profound journey instead. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Translated by Ina Rilke. And so he finds himself here, today, once more in Lisbon, poking ziguiente the ashes of long dead loves, recollections of adultery and of a profound Platonic love. The novel is filled with references about classics, but I have to admit I don’t remember anything. Aug 23, Lukasz Pruski rated it it was amazing. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


People who aren’t in a nootebkom to read a book simply because it’s short. But the barrage of Nooteboom references to ancient writers such as Ovid, Tacitus, and Cicero kept me outside and at great distance because no matter how seriously I took them the classics have never occurred to me as something I might be seriously interested in.

View all 5 comments. Write a customer review. Long ago I quit beating myself up for not understanding a certain text.

La historia siguiente / The following story : Cees Nooteboom :

And Noogeboom her life. In the dreamlike and hypnotic “Two” Mr. Most of the narrative is a sort of stream of consciousness, living in phases in and out siuiente his body, with reminisces about Lisbon, a whiff of commentary on Latin, a short sojourn in Greek Mythology and well, just about every other esoteric subject thrown in. It starts out as the anti-Kafka – a man wakes up in his bed with the sensation that something is different but finds his body unchanged – instead, having gone to sleep in Amsterdam, he awakes in Lisbon, in the very hotel room where, 20 years earlier, the emotional high-point of his life took place, an affair with a fellow teacher.

E’ in questo flusso che si fondono tempi e luoghi da Amsterdam a Lisbona e da Lisbona verso un viaggio, forse senza meta, su di una nave che rappresenta un non luogo, in compagnia di personaggi improbabilmente accostati che racconteranno la storia della loro fine.

The ship passengers take turns to tell stories of their lives and then they quietly disappear, one by one, never to be seen again.