27-09-16

Irvine Welsh, Ignace Schretlen, Ko de Laat, Kay Ryan, Josef Škvorecký, Esther Verhoef, Christian Schloyer

 

De Schotse schrijver Irvine Welsh werd geboren op 27 september 1958 in Leith, Edinburgh. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Irvine Welsh op dit blog.

Uit: Skagboys

“We head oot and dive oantae a 16, bound fir Johnny’s pad at Tolcross. It’s a blindin hot day so we sit doonstairs at the back for a better view ay the passin fanny. Back top deck wi Begbie, tae intimidate wideos, back bottom wi Sick Boy tae leer at lassies. Life has its simple codes.
– This is gaunny be so much fun, Sick Boy says, and rubs his hands thegither. – Drugs are always fun. Do you believe in cosmic forces, destiny n aw that shite?
– Nup.
– Me neither, but bear one thing in mind: today was a ‘T’ day.
– What … ? ah ask, then it dawns on us. – Yir dictionary thingy.
– All will be revealed, he nods, then starts talking about heroin.
Smack’s the only thing ah huvnae done, ah’ve never even smoked or snorted it. And ah must confess that ah’m fuckin shitein it. Ah wis brought up tae believe that one joint ay hash would kill me. And, of course, it wis bullshit. Then one line ay speed. Then one tab ay acid; aw lies, spread by people hell-bent on self-extermination through booze and fags.
But heroin.
It’s crossing a line.
But as the boy said, anything once. And Sick Boy doesnae seem concerned, so ah bullshit tae keep ma front up. – Aye, ah cannae wait tae dae some horse.
– What? Sick Boy looks at me in horror as the bus growls up the hill. – What the fuck are you talking aboot, Renton? Horse? Dinnae say that in front ay yir dealer mate or he’ll laugh in yir face. Call it skag, for Papa John-Paul’s sake, he snaps, then stares oot at a short-skirted lassie meandering wi seductive intent up Lothian Road. – She’s a peach … far too carefree in bearing and expression tae be a baboon …
– Right … ah feebly respond.”

 

 
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27-09-15

Irvine Welsh, Ignace Schretlen, Ko de Laat, Kay Ryan, Josef ¦kvorecký, Esther Verhoef

 

De Schotse schrijver Irvine Welsh werd geboren op 27 september 1958 in Leith, Edinburgh. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Irvine Welsh op dit blog.

Uit: Trainspotting

„– Ah wisnae ... ah protested.– Fling yir fuckin jaykit oan well!
At the Fit ay the Walk thir wir nae taxis. They only congregated here when ye didnae need them. Supposed tae be August, but ah'm fuckin freezing ma baws oaf here. Ah'm no sick yet, but it's in the fuckin post, that's fir sure.
– Supposed tae be a rank. Supposed tae be a fuckin taxi rank. Nivir fuckin git one in the  summer. Up cruising fat, rich festival cunts too fuckin lazy tae walk a hundred fuckin yards fae one poxy church hall tae another fir thir fuckin show. Taxi drivers. Money–grabbin bastards ... Sick Boy muttered deliriously and breathlessly tae hissel, eyes bulging and sinews in his neck straining as his heid craned up Leith Walk.
At last one came. There were a group ay young guys in shellsuits n bomber jaykits whae'd been standin thair longer than us. Ah doubt if Sick Boy even saw them. He charged straight oot intae the middle ay the Walk screaming: – TAXI!
Hi! Whit's the fuckin score? One guy in a black, purple and aqua shell–suit wi a flat–top asks.
Git tae fuck. We wir here first, Sick Boy sais, opening the taxi door. – Thir's another yin comin. He gestured up the Walk at an advancing black cab.
– Lucky fir youse. Smart cunts,
– Fuck off, ya plukev–faced wee hing oot. Git a fuckin ride! Sick Boy snarled as we piled intae the taxi.
– Tollcross mate, ah sais tae the driver as gob splattered against the side windae.
– Square go then smart cunt! C'moan ya crappin bastards! the shell–suit shouted. The taxi driver wisnae amused. He looked a right cunt. Maist ay them do. The stamp–peyin self–employed ur truly the lowest form ay vermin oan god's earth."

 

 
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27-09-13

Irvine Welsh, Kay Ryan, Ignace Schretlen, Josef Škvorecký, Esther Verhoef, Christian Schloyer

 

De Schotse schrijver Irvine Welsh werd geboren op 27 september 1958 in Leith, Edinburgh. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Irvine Welsh op dit blog.

 

Uit: Filth

 

 “We wait and think and doubt and hate. How does it make you feel? The overwhelming feeling is rage. We hate ourself for being unable to be other than what we are. Unable to be better. We feel rage. The feelings must be followed. It doesn't matter whether you're an ideologue or a sensualist, you follow the stimuli thinking that they're your signposts to the promised land. But they are nothing of the kind. What they are is rocks to navigate the past, each on your brush against, ripping you a little more open and they are always more on the horizon. But you can't face up to the that, so you force yourself to believe the bullshit of those you instinctively know are liars and you repeat those lies to yourself and to others, hoping that by repeating them often and fervently enough you'll attain the godlike status we accord those who tell the lies most frequently and most passionately. But you never do, and even if you could, you wouldn't value it, you'd realise that nobody believes in heroes any more. We know that they only want to sell us something we don't really want and keep from us what we really do need. Maybe that's a good thing. Maybe we're getting in touch with our condition at last. It's horrible how we always die alone, but no worse than living alone.”

(…)

 

“All I can think about is that boy’s skull, bashed in, the way his head was caved in and how it wasn’t like a heid at all, just like a broken silly puppet face, about how when you destroy something, when you brutalise it, it always looks warped and disfigured and slightly unreal and unhuman and that’s what makes it easier for you to go on brutalising it, go on fucking it and hurting it and mashing until you’ve destroyed it completely, proving that destruction is natural in the human spirit, that nature has devices to enable us to destroy, to make it easier for us; a way of making righteous people who want to act do things without the fear of consequence, a way of making us less than human, as we break the laws . .”

 

 

 

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27-09-12

Irvine Welsh, Kay Ryan, Ignace Schretlen, Josef Škvorecký, Esther Verhoef, Christian Schloyer

 

De Schotse schrijver Irvine Welsh werd geboren op 27 september 1958 in Leith, Edinburgh. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Irvine Welsh op dit blog.

 

Uit: Glue

 

“Davie briskly shook his head. - Naw, take it while ye can get it. This is Scotland, mind, it's no gaunny last. Taking in a deep breath, Davie picked up the table, recommencing his arduous struggle towards the kitchen. It was a tricky, bugger: a smart new Formica-topped job which seemed to constantly shift its weight and spill all over the place. Like wrestling wi a fuckin crocodile, he thought, and sure enough, the beast snapped at his fingers forcing him to withdraw them quickly and suck on them as the table clattered to the floor.

- Sh ... sugar, Davie cursed. He never swore in front of women. Certain talk was awright for the pub, but no in front of a woman. He tiptoed over to the cot in the corner. The baby still slept soundly.

- Ah telt ye ah'd gie ye a hand wi that Davie, yir gaunny huv nae fingers and a broken table the wey things are gaun, Susan warned him. She shook her head slowly, looking over to the crib. - Surprised ye dinnae wake her.

Picking up her discomfort, Davie said, - Ye dinnae really like that table, dae ye?

Susan Galloway shook her head again. She looked past the new kitchen table, and saw the new three-piece suite, the new coffee table and new carpets which had mysteriously arrived the previous day when she'd been out at her work in the whisky bonds.

- What is it? Davie asked, waving his sore hand in the air. He felt her stare, open and baleful. Those big eyes of hers.

- Where did ye get this stuff, Davie?

He hated when she asked him things like that. It spoiled everything, drove a wedge between them. It was for all of them he did what he did; Susan, the baby, the wee fellay. - Ask no questions, ah'll tell ye no lies, he smiled, but he couldn't look at her, as unsatisfied himself with this retort as he knew she would be. Instead, he bent down and kissed his baby daughter on the cheek.

Looking up, he wondered aloud, - Where's Andrew? He glanced at Susan briefly.

Susan turned away sourly. He was hiding again, hiding behind the bairns.”

 

 


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27-09-11

Irvine Welsh, Kay Ryan, Josef Škvorecký, Esther Verhoef, Christian Schloyer

 

De Schotse schrijver Irvine Welsh werd geboren op 27 september 1958 in Leith, Edinburgh. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 september 2008 en ook mijn blog van 27 september 2009 en ook mijn blog van 27 september 2010.

 

Uit: Skagboys

 

“The copper stares at us in utter contempt. Nae wonder; aw he sees in front ay um is this mingin cunt, twitchin n spazzin oan this hard seat in the interview room. -Ah’m oan the program, ah tell um. -Check if ye like. Ah’m aw seek cause they nivir gied us enough methadone. They sais they hud tae fine-tune ma dosage. Check wi the lassie at the clinic if ye dinnae believe us.

-Boo-fucking-hoo, he sais, a mean expression oan his face. -Why am I not tearing up on your behalf, my sweet, sweet friend?

This cunt has cold black eyes set in a white face. If he didnae huv a dark pudding-basin haircut and his neb wis bigger, he’d be like one ay Moira and Jimmy’s budgies. The other polisman, a louche, slightly effeminate-looking blonde boy, is playing the benign role. -Just tell us who gives you that stuff, Mark. Come on pal, give us some names. You’re a good lad, far too sensible tae get mixed up in aw this nonsense, he shakes his heid and then looks up at me, lip curled doon thoughfully, -Aberdeen University, no less.

-But if ye check yi’ll find that ah’m oan the program…at the clinic likes.

-Bet these student birds bang like fuck! In they halls ay residence. It’ll be shaggin aw the time in thair, eh pal, the Pudding Basin Heided Cunt goes.

-Just one name, Mark. C’mon pal, begs Captain Sensible.

-Ah telt ye, ah say, as sincerely as ah kin, -ah see this boy up at the bookies, ah jist ken him as Olly. Dinnae even know if that’s his right name. Gen up. The staff at the clinic’ll confirm-

-Ah suppose prison’s like the halls ay residence, apart fae one thing, Pudding Basin goes, -no much chance ay a ride thair. At least, he laughs, -no the sort ay ride ye’d want, anywey!”

 

 


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27-09-10

Irvine Welsh, Kay Ryan, Josef Škvorecký, Esther Verhoef, Louis Auchincloss, William Empson, Bernat Manciet, Edvard Kocbek, Michael Denis,Tanja Kinkel, Wacław Rolicz-Lieder, Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Grazia Deledda

 

Zie voor de volgende schrijvers van de 27e september mijn blog bij seniorennet.be

  

Irvine Welsh, Kay Ryan, Josef Škvorecký, Esther Verhoef 

 

Zie voor de volgende schrijvers van de 27e september ook bij seniorennet.be mijn vorige blog van vandaag. 

 

Louis Auchincloss, William Empson, Bernat Manciet, Edvard Kocbek, Michael Denis 

 

Zie voor de volgende schrijvers van de 27e september ook bij seniorennet.be mijn eerste blog van vandaag. 

 

Tanja Kinkel, Wacław Rolicz-Lieder, Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Grazia Deledda

27-09-09

Irvine Welsh, Kay Ryan, Josef Škvorecký, Esther Verhoef


De Schotse schrijver Irvine Welsh werd geboren op 27 september 1958 in Leith, Edinburgh. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 september 2008.

 

Uit: Porno

 

“Croxy, sweating from exertion rather than from drug abuse for once in his life, struggles up the stairs with the last box of records as I collapse on the bed, gaping through a numb depression at the cream woodchip walls. This is my new home. One poky room, fourteen foot by twelve, with an attached hallway, kitchen and bath-room. The room contains a built-in wardrobe with no doors, my bed, and just about space for two chairs and a table. I couldn't sit in here: prison would be better. I'd fucking well go back up to Edinburgh and swap Frank Begbie his cell for this frozen hovel.

In this confined space the stench of old fags from Croxy is suffocating. I've gone three weeks without a cigarette, but I've passive-smoked about thirty a day just from being in his proximity. - Thirsty work, eh, Simon? You coming down the Pepys for one? he asks, his enthusiasm seeming like a gloat, a calculated sneer at one Simon David Williamson's reduced circumstances.

On one level it would be sheer fucking folly to go down Mare Street, to the Pepys, so that they can all snicker, 'Back in Hackney, Simon?' but, aye, company is what's wanted. Ears must be bent. Steam has to be let off. Also, Croxy needs an airing. Trying to give up fags in his company is like trying to come off gear in a squat full of junkies.

- You're lucky to get this place, Croxy tells me, as he helps me unload the boxes. Lucky my fuckin arse. I lie down on the bed and the whole joint shakes as the express train to Liverpool Street hurtles through Hackney Downs station, which is about one foot outside the kitchen window.

Staying put in my state of mind is even less of an option than going out, so we're cagily descending the threadbare stairs, the carpet so worn that it's as hazardous as the side of a glacier. Outside, sleet falls and there's a dull aura of festive hangover everywhere, as we make our way towards Mare Street and the town hall. Croxy, with absolutely no sense of irony, is telling me that 'Hackney's a better manor than Islington, any roads. Islington's been facked for years.'

You can be a crustie for too long. He should be designing websites in Clerkenwell or Soho, rather than organising squats and parties in Hackney. I put the cunt wise to the ways of the world, not because it'll do him any good, but simply to stop nonsense like that filtering into the culture unchallenged. - No, it's a step backwards, I say, blowing on my hands, my fingers as pink as uncooked pork sausages. - For a twenty-five-year-old crustie, Hackney's fine. For an upwardly mobile thirty-six-year-old entrepreneur, I point at myself, it has to be Izzy. How can you give a class bit of fanny in a Soho bar an E8 address? “

 

 

 

 

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Irvine Welsh (Edinburgh., 27 september 1958)

 

 

 

 

De Amerikaanse dichteres Kay Ryan werd geboren op 27september 1945 in San Jose, California. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 september 2008.

 

 

 

All Shall Be Restored

 

The grains shall be collected

from the thousand shores

to which they found their way,

and the boulder restored,

and the boulder itself replaced

in the cliff, and likewise

the cliff shall rise

or subside until the plate of earth

is without fissure. Restoration

knows no half measure. It will

not stop when the treasured and lost

bronze horse remounts the steps.

Even this horse will founder backward

to coin, cannon, and domestic pots,

which themselves shall bubble and

drain back to green veins in stone.

And every word written shall lift off

letter by letter, the backward text

read ever briefer, ever more antic

in its effort to insist that nothing

shall be lost.

 

 

 

 

Tenderness and Rot

 

Tenderness and rot

share a border.

And rot is an

aggressive neighbor

whose iridescence

keeps creeping over.

 

No lessons

can be drawn

from this however.

 

One is not

two countries.

One is not meat

corrupting.

 

It is important

to stay sweet

and loving.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kay Ryan (San Jose, 27 september 1945)

 

 

 

 

 

De Tsjechische schrijver en uitgever Josef Škvorecký werd geboren op 27 september 1924 in Náchod. In 1943 deed hij eindexamen gymnasium. Omdat hogescholen en universiteiten in die tijd gesloten waren werd hij te werk gesteld in de Messerschmittwerke in Náchod. Na de oorlog begon hij aan een studie medicijnen in Praag, maar hij stapte al snel over op filosofie en anglistiek. In 1951 promoveerde hij. Na twee jaar militaire dienst ging hij werken als redacteur bij een staatsuitgeverij. Vanaf 1956 was hij redacteur bij het tijdschrift Světová literatura (Wereldliteratuur). Zijn eerder geschreven, maar in 1958 gepubliceerde debuutroman Zbabělci (Lafaards), veroorzaakte een schandaal en hij moest zijn baan opgeven. Toen het klimaat in de jaren zestig in Tsechslowakije verbeterde besloot hij beroepsschrijver te worden. In 1969 kon hij met een beurs een jaar naar Californië. Na afloop daarvan vestigde hij zich in Toronto waar hij aan de universiteit doceerde en met zijn vrouw de uitgeverij Sixty-eight Publishers oprichtte. Deze werd een Mekka voor verbannen schrijvers als Václav Havel, Milan Kundera en Ludvík Vaculík.

 

Uit: The End of Bull Mácha (Vertaald door Paul Wilson)

 

“Bull Mácha was leaning against the pedestrian railing at the corner of Vodičková Street and Wenceslas Square. The thin mist of a dank afternoon was slowly falling into the streets, blurring the features of the people trudging past him. The streets were coming alive with the bustle of a Sunday evening in the big city. Through the silvery grey veil of a wet autumn dusk the lights in the store windows and cafés were coming on, and the faces of the girls Bull Mácha's impassive eyes were stalking in the crowd seemed to assume a new and mysterious charm under the misty, magic chiaroscuro of artificial lighting. Their hazy beauty touched him like a sudden pain, and in the depths of his heart he longed to draw close to them in a place where one could get closest of all: a café, one of the dance halls whose windows were already beginning to glow through the spidery mist that was slowly descending upon the city of Prague. It was the month of November in the year of our Lord 1953.

The figure leaning against the green railing, with his low, carefully combed coiffure turned to face the flaming entrance of the Soviet Book Shop, was in his own way a living human fossil. At the age of twenty-nine, František Mácha still referred to himself by his old nickname, Bull, in full "Gablik" Bull—Zoot-Suiter Bull—and he insisted that others do so too. And the vague notion of belonging to a grand conspiracy against something uncertain, a conspiracy he still felt a part of, was epitomized, even after all these years, by the title "Gablik." It was an expression that had stuck to him long ago, during the vogue for a popular American Civil War movie and its raffish, devil-may-care hero, Gable himself.

Now Gablik Bull Mácha was standing on the corner of Vodičková Street and Wenceslas Square, his heart lacerated by those winsome, cosmetically improved young faces, and by a strange, miserable nostalgia. He was alone, his hands stuffed into enormous pockets, and from the overcoat, cut strictly according to fashion with the sloping shoulders of a wine bottle and a collar as wide as an acolyte's, a small head emerged, with a painstakingly fashioned coif in front and the sides slicked back into a ducktail. From that face two watery grey eyes stared: dull, bored, desperate. Bull had the heel of his left foot hooked over the bottom rung of the green railing, with his leg swung over as far as he could to the left, and he had pulled up his narrow trouser leg to avoid making a bulge at the knee, so that all might remark on his black-yellow-and-green-striped socks and gaze in wonder at the Gothic upturned toes of his Hungarian winklepickers. He was especially proud of those winklepickers with their snow-white soles flashing in the descending fog like crown jewels, cared for with boundless love and worn only on ceremonial occasions.”

 

 

 

 

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Josef Škvorecký (Náchod, 27 september 1924)

 

 

 

 

 

De Nederlandse schrijfster Esther Verhoef-Verhallen werd geboren in ’s-Hertogenbosch op 27 september 1968. Haar eerste publicaties verschenen in 1989 en betroffen columns in het blad Flair. Tussen 1995 en 2005 schreef ze 50 informatieve boeken over huisdieren, waarvan er wereldwijd zo'n 8 miljoen over de toonbank gingen. Haar dierenboeken zijn vertaald in ruim 80 landen. Verhoef deed zelf grotendeels de fotografie voor haar boeken. Bekendheid bij het grote publiek verwierf zij echter pas toen zij thrillers begon te schrijven. In 2003 debuteerde ze met de thriller Onrust, die in 2004 werd genomineerd voor de Gouden Strop en spoedig daarna vertaald in het Duits. De opvolger Onder druk werd genomineerd voor de Gouden Strop 2005.

Op 7 april 2006 kwam haar eerste psychologische thriller Rendez-vous uit, die vrijwel meteen in de bestsellerlijsten belandde. In oktober 2006 verscheen Chaos, een roman noir/thriller over een ex-militair met een posttraumatische stressstoornis, die zij samen schreef met haar man Berry Verhoef onder het pseudoniem Escober. In 2007 kwam Close-Up uit. In 2008 volgde Ongenade (Escober) als hekkesluiter van de Sil Maier-trilogie.

 

Uit: Close-up

 

“Het maakte het makkelijker dat we elkaar zo goed kenden. Daardoor werkte ze, zonder het te weten, mee, en werd het intiem, geborgen bijna. Drie maanden heb ik me erop voorbereid. Eerst heb ik het plan aan alle kanten belicht. Geprobeerd het voor mezelf te visualiseren. Toen ik zeker wist dat het mogelijk moest zijn, was het geen gedachtespinsel meer, maar werd het een deel van mezelf. Het was heerlijk om ermee bezig te zijn, vanaf de voorbereidingen, die bestonden uit gesprekken met haar en de mensen om ons heen, tot aan het aanschaffen van de spullen die ik nodig had. Toegegeven, veel was dat niet. Ze bracht me zelf op het idee.

Edith kon niet zo goed tegen gebroken nachten, dan waren haar ogen de volgende ochtend dik en rood. En hoewel ze veel meer in huis had dan schoonheid alleen, wilde ze vóór alles mooi zijn. Wat mij betreft was ze dat altijd, of ze nu in vol ornaat op een receptie de show stal of net uit bed kwam en, zich verontschuldigend voor haar slonzige verschijning, in badjas thee voor me zette. Een slaapmiddel was voor haar de enige manier om niet steeds wakker te worden van het gerommel ’s nachts.

Ik keek ernaar uit, voelde me als een kind dat in de rij stond voor de achtbaan. Steeds een stapje vooruit, steeds dichterbij. De toenemende opwinding, die zijn hoogtepunt bereikte op de avond dat alles als een perfect passende puzzel in elkaar viel.

We hadden samen een fles wijn leeggedronken en het gehad over dingen die ons boeiden. Over kunst en kunstenaars, die de ondoordringbare en onbegrijpelijke wereld van de fantasie en emotie tastbaar maakten voor het grote publiek. Kunstschilders, beeldhouwers, schrijvers, muzikanten.

Ze was heel relaxed en leunde tegen me aan. Meer dan eens zei ze dat ze zich bij mij zo op haar gemak voelde, dat ze me helemaal vertrouwde. Ze was al aan het wegzakken, het middel werkte opvallend snel. Ik drukte haar tegen me aan en zei dat ze beter even in bad kon gaan. Ze was moe, ze had te veel meegemaakt, en na een verkwikkend bad en een goede nachtrust zou ze minder zwaarmoedig tegen alles aan kijken. Morgen zou ze zich vast beter voelen.”

 

 

 

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Esther Verhoef ('s-Hertogenbosch, 27 september 1968)

 

 

Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 27e september ook mijn vorige twee blogs van vandaag.