19-01-18

Julian Barnes, Bert Natter, Edgar Allen Poe, Edwidge Danticat, Patricia Highsmith, Marie Koenen, Gustav Meyrink, Eugénio de Andrade, Thomas Gsella

 

De Engelse schrijver Julian Barnes werd geboren op 19 januari 1946 in Leicester. Zie ook alle tags voor Julian Barnes op dit blog.

Uit: Nothing to Be Frightened Of

“The change from teeth to dentures struck my brother and me as both grave and ribald. But my grandmother's life had contained another enormous change, never alluded to in her presence. Nellie Louisa Machin, daughter of a labourer in a chemical works, had been brought up a Methodist; while the Scoltocks were Church of England. At some point in her young adulthood, my grandmother had suddenly lost her faith and, in the smooth narration of family lore, found a replacement: socialism. I have no idea how strong her religious faith had been, or what her family's politics were; all I know is that she once stood for the local council as a socialist and was defeated. By the time I knew her, in the 1950s, she had progressed to being a communist. She must have been one of the few old-age pensioners in suburban Buckinghamshire who took the Daily Worker and—so my brother and I insisted to one another—fiddled the housekeeping to send donations to the newspaper's Fighting Fund.
In the late 1950s, the Sino-Soviet Schism took place, and com-munists worldwide were obliged to choose between Moscow and Peking. For most of the European faithful, this was not a difficult decision; nor was it for the Daily Worker, which received funding as well as directives from Moscow. My grandmother, who had never been abroad in her life, who lived in genteel bungalowdom, decided for undisclosed reasons to throw in her lot with the Chinese. I welcomed this mysterious decision with blunt selfinterest, since her Worker was now supplemented by China Reconstructs, a heretical magazine posted direct from the distant continent. Grandma would save me the stamps from the biscuity envelopes. These tended to celebrate industrial achievement—bridges, hydroelectric dams, lorries rolling off production lines—or else show various breeds of dove in peaceful flight.
My brother did not compete for such offerings, because some years previously there had been a Stamp-Collecting Schism in our home. He had decided to specialize in the British Empire. I, to assert my difference, announced that I would therefore specialize in a category which I named, with what seemed like logic to me, Rest of the World. It was defined solely in terms of what my brother didn't collect. I can no longer remember if this move was aggressive, defensive, or merely pragmatic. All I know is that it led to some occasionally baffling exchanges in the school stamp club among philatelists only recently out of short trousers. "So, Barnesy, what do you collect?" "Rest of the World."

 
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19-01-17

Julian Barnes, Bert Natter, Edgar Allen Poe, Edwidge Danticat, Patricia Highsmith, Marie Koenen, Gustav Meyrink, Eugénio de Andrade, Thomas Gsella

 

De Engelse schrijver Julian Barnes werd geboren op 19 januari 1946 in Leicester. Zie ook alle tags voor Julian Barnes op dit blog.

Uit:Het tumult van de tijd (Vertaald door Ronald Vlek)

“Het gebeurde midden in de oorlog, op een perron, even vlak en stoffig als de eindeloze steppe die het omringde. De wachtende trein was twee dagen geleden uit Moskou vertrokken, in westelijke richting; nog twee of drie dagen te gaan, afhankelijk van kolenvoorraad en troepenbewegingen. Het was kort na zonsopgang, maar de man – in werkelijkheid maar een halve man – was al bezig zich op een platte lorrie met houten wielen naar de slaaprijtuigen te stuwen. Er was geen andere manier om het geval voort te bewegen dan aan de voorkant te wrikken, en om te voorkomen dat hij zijn evenwicht verloor had hij een touw onder de lorrie door gehaald en door zijn broeksband gestoken. De handen van de man waren omzwachteld met smerige repen stof en zijn huid was gehard door het bedelen op straten en stations.
Zijn vader was een overlevende geweest van de vorige oorlog. Hij was vertrokken met de zegen van de dorpspriester om te gaan vechten voor het vaderland en de tsaar. Toen hij terug was gekomen waren de priester en de tsaar inmiddels verdwenen, en was zijn vaderland niet meer hetzelfde geweest. Zijn vrouw had gegild toen ze zag wat de oorlog met haar man had gedaan. Nu woedde er opnieuw een oorlog, en was dezelfde indringer weer terug, al waren de namen veranderd; de namen aan beide kanten.
Maar verder was er niets veranderd: jonge mannen werden nog steeds door kanonnen aan flarden geschoten en vervolgens door chirurgen ruw opengesneden. Zijn eigen benen waren afgezet in een veldhospitaal te midden van kapotgeschoten bomen. Allemaal voor een hoger doel, zoals dat de vorige keer ook het geval was geweest. Het liet hem koud. Laat anderen daar maar over twisten; zijn enige zorg was het einde halen van de volgende dag. Hij was verworden tot een techniek om te overleven. Beneden een bepaald niveau werden alle mannen dat: een techniek om te overleven.
Enkele passagiers waren uitgestapt om zich even te vertreden in de stoffige lucht; andere zaten met hun gezicht voor de ramen van de rijtuigen. Terwijl de bedelaar naderbij kwam, hief hij luidkeels een obsceen soldatenlied aan. Sommige passagiers zouden hem misschien een paar kopeken toewerpen als dank voor het vertier; andere hem betalen om zich te verwijderen.”

 

 
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19-01-16

Julian Barnes, Edgar Allen Poe, Edwidge Danticat, Patricia Highsmith, Marie Koenen, Gustav Meyrink

 

De Engelse schrijver Julian Barnes werd geboren op 19 januari 1946 in Leicester. Zie ook alle tags voor Julian Barnes op dit blog.

Uit: Levels of Life

“You put together two things that have not been put together before; and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Pilâtre de Rozier, the first man to ascend in a fire balloon, also planned to be the first to fly the Channel from France to England. To this end he constructed a new kind of aerostat, with a hydrogen balloon on top, to give greater lift, and a fire balloon beneath, to give better control. He put these two things together, and on the 15th of June 1785, when the winds seemed favourable, he made his ascent from the Pas-de-Calais. The brave new contraption rose swiftly, but before it had even reached the coastline, flame appeared at the top of the hydrogen balloon, and the whole, hopeful aerostat, now looking to one observer like a heavenly gas lamp, fell to earth, killing both pilot and co-pilot.
You put together two people who have not been put together before; and sometimes the world is changed, sometimes not. They may crash and burn, or burn and crash. But sometimes, something new is made, and then the world is changed. Together, in that first exaltation, that first roaring sense of uplift, they are greater than their two separate selves. Together, they see further, and they see more clearly.
Of course, love may not be evenly matched; perhaps it rarely is. To put it another way: how did those besieged Parisians of 1870-71 get replies to their letters? You can fly a balloon out from the Place St.-Pierre and assume it will land somewhere useful; but you can hardly expect the winds, however patriotic, to blow it back to Montmartre on a return flight. Various stratagems were proposed: for example, placing the return correspondence in large metal globes and floating them downstream into the city, there to be caught in nets. Pigeon post was a more obvious idea, and a Batignolles pigeon fancier put his dovecote at the authorities' disposal: a basket of birds might be flown out with each siege balloon, and return bearing letters. But compare the freight capacity of a balloon and a pigeon, and imagine the weight of disappointment. According to Nadar, the solution came from an engineer who worked in sugar manufacture. Letters intended for Paris were to be written in a clear hand, on one side of the paper, with the recipient's address at the top. Then, at the collecting station, hundreds of them would be laid side by side on a large screen and photographed. The image would be micrographically reduced, flown into Paris by carrier pigeon, and enlarged back to readable size..”

 

 
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19-01-15

Julian Barnes, Edgar Allen Poe, Edwidge Danticat, Patricia Highsmith, Marie Koenen

 

De Engelse schrijver Julian Barnes werd geboren op 19 januari 1946 in Leicester. Zie ook alle tags voor Julian Barnes op dit blog.

Uit: Alsof het voorbij is (Vertaald door Ronald Vlek)

“Er was onrust, meneer.’
Een explosie van nauwelijks onderdrukt gegniffel; Hunt glimlachte zelf bijna.
‘Zou je dat misschien wat nader kunnen preciseren?’
Marshall knikte traag instemmend, dacht nog iets langer na en besloot dat dit geen moment was voor behoedzaamheid. ‘Ik zou zeggen dat er grote onrust was, meneer.’
‘Finn dan. Ben jij een beetje thuis in die periode?’
De nieuwe jongen zat een rij voor me en links van mij. Hij had geen zichtbare reactie getoond bij Marshalls onnozelheden.
‘Niet echt, meneer, vrees ik. Maar er is een opvatting die inhoudt dat het enige wat er werkelijk over een historische gebeurtenis – zelfs over het uitbreken van de Eerste Wereldoorlog bijvoorbeeld – valt te zeggen is dat er “iets heeft plaatsgevonden”.’
‘O ja, is dat zo? Nou, dan zou ik meteen zonder werk zitten.’ Na wat kruiperig gelach, vergaf Ouwe Joe Hunt ons onze vakantieluiheid en praatte hij ons bij over de polygame koninklijke slager.
In de volgende pauze stapte ik op Finn af. ‘Ik ben Tony Webster.’ Hij keek me wantrouwend aan. ‘Mooi antwoord aan Hunt.’ Hij leek niet te weten waar ik op doelde. ‘Dat er iets had plaatsgevonden.’
‘O dat. Ik was een beetje teleurgesteld dat hij er niet op doorging.’
Dat was niet wat hij geacht werd te zeggen.
Nog een detail dat ik me herinner: wij drieën droegen, als symbool van ons verbond, onze horloges altijd met de wijzerplaat aan de binnenkant van onze pols. Het was natuurlijk aanstellerij, maar misschien iets meer. Het deed de tijd voelen als een persoonlijk, ja zelfs geheim iets. We verwachtten dat het Adrian zou opvallen en dat hij ons voorbeeld zou volgen; maar dat deed hij niet.”

 

 
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19-01-14

Patricia Highsmith, Marie Koenen, Thomas Gsella, Paul-Eerik Rummo

 

De Amerikaanse schrijfster Patricia Highsmith werd geboren als Mary Patricia Plangman in Fort Worth (Texas) op 19 januari 1921. Zie ook alle tags voor Patricia Highsmith op dit blog.

Uit: The Talented Mr. Ripley

'I wasn't quite sure you were Tom Ripley,' Mr Greenleaf said. 'I've seen you only once before, I think. Didn't you come up to the house once with Richard?'
'I think I did.'
'The Schrievers gave me a description of you, too. We've all been trying to reach you, because the Schrievers wanted us to meet at their house. Somebody told them you went to the Green Cage bar now and then. This is the first night I've tried to find you, so I suppose I should consider myself lucky.' He smiled. 'I wrote you a letter last week, but maybe you didn't get it.'
'No, I didn't.' Marc wasn't forwarding his mail, Tom thought. Damn him. Maybe there was a cheque there from Auntie Dottie. 'I moved a week or so ago,' Tom added.
'Oh, I see. I didn't say much in my letter. Only that I'd like to see you and have a chat with you. The Schrievers seemed to think you knew Richard quite well.'
'I remember him, yes.'

 

 
Scene uit de gelijknamige film met Matt Damon, Jude Law en Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999

 

'But you're not writing to him now?' He looked disappointed.
'No. I don't think I've seen Dickie for a couple of years.'
He's been in Europe for two years. The Schrievers spoke very highly of you, and thought you might have some influence on Richard if you were to write to him. I want him to come home. He has responsibilities here -- but just now he ignores anything that I or his mother try to tell him.'
Tom was puzzled. 'Just what did the Schrievers say?'
'They said -- apparently they exaggerated a little -- that you and Richard were very good friends. I suppose they took it for granted you were writing him all along. You see, I know so few of Richard's friends any more--' He glanced at Tom's glass, as if he would have liked to offer him a drink, at least, but Tom's glass was nearly full.

 

 
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19-01-13

Patricia Highsmith, Marie Koenen, Thomas Gsella, Paul-Eerik Rummo

 

De Amerikaanse schrijfster Patricia Highsmith werd geboren als Mary Patricia Plangman in Fort Worth (Texas) op 19 januari 1921. Zie ook alle tags voor Patricia Highsmith op dit blog.

 

Uit: The Talented Mr. Ripley

 

“Tom saw the man make a gesture of postponement to the barman, and come around the bar towards him. Here it was! Tom stared at him, paralysed. They couldn't give you more than ten years, Tom thought. Maybe fifteen, but with good conduct--In the instant the man's lips parted to speak, Tom had a pang of desperate, agonized regret.

'Pardon me, are you Tom Ripley?'

'Yes.'

'My name is Herbert Greenleaf. Richard Greenleaf's father.' The expression on his face was more confusing to Tom than if he had focused a gun on him. The face was friendly, smiling and hopeful. 'You're a friend of Richard's, aren't you?'

 

Scene uit de gelijknamige film met Matt Damon, Jude Law en Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999

 

 

It made a faint connection in his brain. Dickie Greenleaf. A tall blond fellow. He had quite a bit of money, Tom remembered. 'Oh, Dickie Greenleaf. Yes.'

'At any rate, you know Charles and Marta Schriever. They're the ones who told me about you, that you might--uh--Do you think we could sit down at a table?'

'Yes,' Tom said agreeably, and picked up his drink. He followed the man towards an empty table at the back of the little room. Reprieved, he thought. Free! Nobody was going to arrest him. This was about something else. No matter what it was, it wasn't grand larceny or tampering with the mails or whatever they called it. Maybe Richard was in some kind of jam. Maybe Mr Greenleaf wanted help, or advice. Tom knew just what to say to a father like Mr Greenleaf.”

 

 

 

Patricia Highsmith (19 januari 1921 - 4 februari 1995)

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19-01-12

Edgar Allen Poe, Julian Barnes, Edwidge Danticat, Gustav Meyrink, Eugénio de Andrade, Patricia Highsmith, Marie Koenen

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Edgar Allen Poe werd geboren op 19 januari 1809 in Boston. Zie ook alle tags voor Edgar Allen Poe op dit blog

 

Uit: The Gold Bug

 

„Many years ago I contracted an intimacy with a Mr. William Legrand. He was of an ancient Huguenot family, and had once been wealthy; but a series of misfortunes had reduced him to want. To avoid the mortification consequent upon his disasters, he left New Orleans, the city of his forefathers, and took up his residence at Sullivan's Island, near Charleston, South Carolina.

This Island is a very singular one. It consists of little else than the sea sand, and is about three miles long. Its breadth at no point exceeds a quarter of a mile. It is separated from the main land by a scarcely perceptible creek, oozing its way through a wilderness of reeds and slime, a favorite resort of the marsh-hen. The vegetation, as might be supposed, is scant, or at least dwarfish. No trees of any

magnitude are to be seen. Near the western extremity, where Fort Moultrie stands, and where are some miserable frame buildings, tenanted, during summer, by the fugitives from Charleston dust and fever, may be found, indeed, the bristly palmetto; but the whole island, with the exception of this western point and a line of hard white beach on the sea-coast, is covered with a dense undergrowth of the sweet myrtle so much prized by the horticulturists of England. The shrub here often attains the height of fifteen or twenty feet, and forms an almost impenetrable coppice, burthening the air with its fragrance.

In the inmost recesses of this coppice, not far from the eastern or more remote end of the island, Legrand had built himself a small hut, which he occupied when I first, by mere accident, made his acquaintance. This soon ripened into friendship — for there was much in the recluse to excite interest and esteem. I found him well educated, with unusual powers of mind, but infected with misanthropy, and subject to perverse moods of alternate enthusiasm and melancholy. He had with him many books, but rarely employed them.”

 

 


Edgar Allen Poe (19 januari 1809 – 7 oktober 1849)

 

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19-01-11

Patricia Highsmith, Thomas Gsella, Paul-Eerik Rummo, Marie Koenen

 

De Amerikaanse schrijfster Patricia Highsmith werd geboren als Mary Patricia Plangman in Fort Worth (Texas) op 19 januari 1921. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2008 en ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2009 en ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2010.

 

Uit: The Talented Miss Highsmith (Biografie door Joan Schenkar)

 

„On 16 November, 1973, a damp, coldish, breaking day in the tiny French village of Moncourt, France,  Patricia Highsmith, a fifty-two year old American writer living an apparently quiet life beside a branch of the Loing Canal, lit up another Gauloise jaune, tightened her grip on her favorite Parker fountain pen, hunched her shoulders  over her roll-top desk — her oddly-jointed arms and enormous hands were long enough to reach the back of the  roll while she was still seated –- and jotted down in her writer's notebook a short list of helpful activites "which small children" might do "around the house."

It's a casual little list, the kind of list Pat liked to make when she was emptying out the  back pockets of her mind, and it has the tossed-off quality of an afterthought. But as any careful reader of Highsmith knows, the time to pay special attention to her is when she seems to be lounging, negligent, or (God forbid) mildly relaxed. There is a beast crouched in every "unconcerned" corner of her writing mind and, sure enough, it springs out at us in her list's discomfiting title. "Little Crimes for Little Tots," she called it.  And then for good measure she added a subtitle: "Things around the house which small children Can do..."

Pat had recently filled in another little list –- it was for the comics historian Jerry Bails back in the U.S. –- with some diversionary information about her work on the crime-busting comic book adventures of Black Terror and Sgt. Bill King, so perhaps she was  still counting up the ways in which small children could be slyly associated with crime. In her last writer's journal, penned from the same perch in semi-suburban France, she had also spared a few thoughts for children.“

 

 

 

Patricia Highsmith (19 januari 1921 - 4 februari 1995)

 

 

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19-01-10

Patricia Highsmith, Thomas Gsella, Paul-Eerik Rummo, Marie Koenen


De Amerikaanse schrijfster Patricia Highsmith werd geboren als Mary Patricia Plangman in Fort Worth (Texas) op 19 januari 1921. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2008 en ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2009.

 

Uit: Those Who Walk Away

 

'What are you worried about?' asked Elisabetta. She was smiling, a little merry on the champagne.

'I don't know. Nothing.' He felt faint, blank, dead or perhaps dying. Distant, high-pitched bells rang in his ears. The girl was saying something that he could not hear, looking off to one side now, and her unconcern at his condition made him feel quite alone. He breathed deeply, one deep breath after another of the tobacco-laden air. The girl did not notice. The faintness passed.

A few moments later, they were out on the street, walking. The girl said it was not far back to where they lived, and there was no boat that could be of any help. The lanes were moist under their shoes. The girl held his arm and chattered on about last summer's vacation. She had gone to visit relatives in the Ticino. They had cows and a big house. They had taken her to Zurich. She thought Zurich was much cleaner than Venice. Ray could feel the warmth of the girl's arm next to his. He did not feel faint now, but he felt alone and lost, without purpose, without identity. Wouldn't it be strange, he thought, if he really were dead, if he were dreaming all of this, or if by some strange process - which was the assumption on which nearly all ghost stories were based - he was a ghost visible to a few people, like this girl, a ghost who tomorrow would not be in the room at Signora Calliuloi's, would have left not even an unmade bed behind him, only a strange memory in the minds of the few who had seen him, a few whom other people might not believe when they spoke him?

But the dark canals were very real, and so was the rat that crossed their path twenty feet ahead, running from a hole in the stone parapet that bordered the canal, where a barge stirred sleepily against its rope mooring, making a piggish sound like schlurp. The girl had seen the rat, but had interrupted what she was saying only by a brief 'Ooh!' and gone on. A light, fixed on the corner of a house so it would illuminate four streets, seemed to burn with impatience, waiting for persons not yet arrived, persons who would carry out some action below it.

'How long are you really going to be here?' asked Elisabetta.

Ray saw that they had entered their street. 'Three or four days.'

'Thank you for this evening,' Elisabetta said in her doorway. She looked quickly at her watch., but Ray doubted if she could even see the time on it. 'I think it's before eleven. We are very good.'

He had reached a state of not hearing what she said, and yet he did not want to leave her.“

 

 

 

 

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Patricia Highsmith (19 januari 1921 - 4 februari 1995)

 

 

 

 

De Duitse dichter en satiricus Thomas Gsella werd geboren op 19 januari 1958 in Essen. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2009.

 

 

Die Bundeskanzlerin

Sie platzt vor Fleiß. Kaum graut der Tag,
Da stellt sie erste Weichen:
Sie nimmt den Armen den Belag
Vom Brot und schenkt's den Reichen.
Am Mittag geht's ins Kabinett.
Ergebnis der Debatten:
Sie kratzt den Hungrigen das Fett
Vom Brot und gibt's den Satten.
Am Abend dann das reine Glück:
Sie senkt Lohnnebenkosten.
Zehn Wessis kriegen Geld zurück
Von einer aus 'm Osten.

 

 

 

Der ICE-Zugchef

Ein Kieler Morgen, heiß und licht.
Er spricht dezent und leise:
"Die Lüftung funktioniert heut' nicht.
Wir wünschen gute Reise."
Ein Kieler Nachmittag. Man hört
Im Halbschlaf seine Worte:
"Die Oberleitung ist zerstört.
Im Bistro: alte Torte."
Die Kieler Nacht, von ihm versüßt
Dank tiefster Menschenkenntnis:
"Zwölf Stunden sind nun eingebüßt.
Wir bitten um Verständnis."

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Gsella (Essen,19 januari 1958)

 

 

 

 

 

De Estlandse dichter, schrijver en politicus Paul-Eerik Rummo werd geboren op 19 januari 1942 in Tallinn. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2009.

 

 

Now give me god the strength

 

now give me god the strength to run in showers of
chances
and to recognize the inevitability amongst the many
imposing themselves on being it

 

memory is where our sufferings are nesting
no dog can gnaw through his genetic chain
but it's quite another thing to run just here in showers
of chances
but it's quite another thing to run just here in showers
of chances
inevitability, give me your hand

 

inevitability, here is my second hand
my first one has been already given to you by my
birth
inevitability, give me your hand

 

 

 

Vertaald door de dichter en Enn Soosaar

 

 

 

 

Here you grew up

 

Here you grew up. On a land which is flat.
You get your peace and balance from that.

 

The Egg Hill remains the cloud-frontier
The clouds are low and mouse-grey here.

 

One ticket to the world was meant for you.
You can still check whether it's all true.

 

What Mecca is to a Moslem believer,
these woods are to you with mushroom-fever.

 

Here you were born. On a land which is flat.
Your peace and balance stem from that.

 

 

Vertaald door Ivar Ivask

 

 

 

 

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Paul-Eerik Rummo (Tallinn, 19 januari 1942)

 

 

 

 

 

De Nederlandse dichteres en schrijfster Marie Koenen werd geboren in ’s-Hertogenbosch op 19 januari 1879. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2008 en ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2009.

 

 

Ze kwamen

 

En toch zijn hier Gods Heiligen geland.

Hun zeilsnik kwam eens met de meeuwen strijken

Uit 't ochtendlicht, hier, aan dit zelfde strand.

 

Om met hun diepst geluk haar te verrijken,

Zochten ze zingend de overzeesche kust,

De twaalef, die op koningen gelijken.

 

Ewald en Adelbert en Werenfried

En de anderen, die met Sint Wilbert kwamen,

Veroveraars voor God en Zijn gebied.

 

De zang der zee druischt door hun heldennamen,

Zooals Gods waarheid door hun heldengeest,

Ze trekken op, sterk als een leger samen.

 

Wel even sterk in God en onbevreesd

Als 't twaalfetal door Christus uitgezonden,

Die de veroveraars van volken zijn geweest.

 

Ze hebben d'ingang tot het land gevonden,

Tusschen de duinen de open groene poort,

Waardoor de Rijn in de Noordzee komt monden.

 

Ze roeien 't schip door 't klare water voort,

De vlakte door, den droom der verte tegen,

En bidden: ‘In den aanvang was het woord’.

 

Bleef dan ook van hun stem, hun zang, hun zegen

Geen laatste naklank leven aan dit strand,

Geen zweem van hun gestalte op deze wegen,

Geen spoor meer van hun voetstap in het zand:

Gods Heiligen, ze zijn hier toch geland.

 

 

 

 

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Marie Koenen (19 januari 1879 - 11 juli 1959)

 

19-01-09

Edgar Allen Poe, Julian Barnes, Patricia Highsmith, Edwidge Danticat, Thomas Gsella, Paul-Eerik Rummo, Eugénio de Andrade, Marie Koenen, Gustav Meyrink


De Amerikaanse schrijver Edgar Allen Poe werd geboren op 19 januari 1809 in Boston. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2008.

 

 

The Raven (fragment)

 

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
” ‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;
Only this, and nothing more.”

 

Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow, sorrow for the lost Lenore,.
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore,
Nameless here forevermore.

 

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
” ‘Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door,
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door.
This it is, and nothing more.”

 

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Sir,” said I, “or madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is, I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you.” Here I opened wide the door;—
Darkness there, and nothing more.

 

Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word,
Lenore?, This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word,
“Lenore!” Merely this, and nothing more.

 

 

 

 

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Edgar Allen Poe (19 januari 1809 – 7 oktober 1849)

 

 

 

 

 

De Engelse schrijver Julian Barnes werd geboren op 19 januari 1946 in Leicester. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2008.

 

Uit: Nothing to Be Frightened Of

 

„I don't believe in God, but I miss Him. That's what I say when the question is put. I asked my brother, who has taught philosophy at Oxford, Geneva, and the Sorbonne, what he thought of such a statement, without revealing that it was my own. He replied with a single word: "Soppy."
The person to begin with is my maternal grandmother, Nellie Louisa Scoltock, nee Machin. She was a teacher in Shropshire until she married my grandfather, Bert Scoltock. Not Bertram, not Albert, just Bert: so christened, so called, so cremated. He was a headmaster with a certain mechanical dash to him: a motorcycle-and-sidecar man, then owner of a Lanchester, then, in retirement, driver of a rather pompously sporty Triumph Roadster, with a three-person bench seat in front, and two bucket seats when the top was down. By the time I knew them, my grandparents had come south to be near their only child. Grandma went to the Women's Institute; she pickled and bottled; she plucked and roasted the chickens and geese that Grandpa raised. She was petite, outwardly unopinionated, and had the thickened knuckles of old age; she needed soap to get her wedding ring off. Their wardrobe was full of home-knitted cardigans, Grandpa's tending to feature more masculine cable stitch. They had regular appointments with the chiropodist, and were of that generation advised by dentists to have all their teeth out in one go. This was a normal rite of passage then: from being rickety-gnashered to fully porcelained in one leap, to all that buccal sliding and clacking, to social embarrassment and the foaming glass on the bedside table.

 

 

 

 

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Julian Barnes (
Leicester,  19 januari 1946)

 

 

 

 

 

De Amerikaanse schrijfster Patricia Highsmith werd geboren als Mary Patricia Plangman in Fort Worth (Texas) op 19 januari 1921. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2008.

 

Uit: Der talentierte Mr Ripley (Vertaald door Melanie Walz)

 

“Das erste Risiko und das Schlimmste, was ihm passieren konnte, war die Möglichkeit, dass er unter Freddies Gewicht zusammenbrach, bevor er den Wagen erreichte. Er hatte sich vorgenommen, auf der Treppe nicht innezuhalten, und er tat es nicht. Niemand kam aus einer der Wohnungen, niemand kam zur Haustür herein. Während der Stunden des Wartens hatte Tom Folterqualen gelitten bei der Vorstellung, was alles geschehen könnte – dass Signora Buffi oder ihr Ehemann aus ihrer Wohnung kamen, während er gerade das Erdgeschoß erreichte, oder dass er ohnmächtig wurde und man ihn und Freddie nebeneinander reglos auf der Treppe fand oder dass er Freddie nicht wieder hochzustemmen vermochte, nachdem er ihn abgesetzt hatte, um zu verschnaufen –, und er hatte sich all das so lebhaft ausgemalt und sich dabei vor Entsetzen gewunden, dass er nun, als er die Treppe bewältigt hatte, ohne eine einzige seiner Befürchtungen wahr werden zu sehen, den Eindruck gewann, er stehe unter einem überirdischen Schutz und bewege sich deshalb trotz des enormen Gewichts auf seinen Schultern mit verblüffender Leichtigkeit.”

 

 

 

 

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Patricia Highsmith (19 januari 1921 - 4 februari 1995)

 

 

 

 

 

De Amerikaanse schrijfster Edwidge Danticat werd geboren in Port-au-Prince op Haïti op 19 januari 1969. Zij verhuisde op twaalfjarige leeftijd naar de Verenigde Staten. Haar debuutroman Adem, ogen, herinnering werd direct een bestseller, en daarna publiceerde zij onder andere de roman De dauwbreker. Danticat werd door Granta uitverkoren tot een van de twintig beste jonge Amerikaanse schrijvers. In 1999 ontving ze de American Book Award. Vaarwel, broer werd door de National Book Critics Circle Critics bekroond als de beste autobiografie van 2007. Danticat woont in Miami met haar man en dochter.

 

Uit: The Dew Breaker

 

„My father is gone. I’m slouched in a cast-aluminum chair across from two men, one the manager of the hotel where we’re staying and the other a policeman. They’re both waiting for me to explain what’s become of him, my father.
The hotel manager—mr. flavio salinas, the plaque on his office door reads—has the most striking pair of chartreuse eyes I’ve ever seen on a man with an island Spanish lilt to his voice.
The police officer, Officer Bo, is a baby-faced, short, white Floridian with a potbelly.
"Where are you and your daddy from, Ms. Bienaimé?" Officer Bo asks, doing the best he can with my last name. He does such a lousy job that, even though he and I and Salinas are the only people in Salinas’ office, at first I think he’s talking to someone else.
I was born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, and have never even been to my parents’ birthplace. Still, I answer "Haiti" because it is one more thing I’ve always longed to have in common with my parents.
Officer Bo plows forward with, "You all the way down here in Lakeland from Haiti?"
"We live in New York," I say. "We were on our way to Tampa."
"To do what?" Officer Bo continues. "Visit?"
"To deliver a sculpture," I say. "I’m an artist, a sculptor."
I’m really not an artist, not in the way I’d like to be. I’m more of an obsessive wood-carver with a single subject thus far—my father.“

 

 

 

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Edwidge Danticat (Port-au-Prince, 19 januari 1969)

 

 

 

 

 

De Duitse dichter en satiricus Thomas Gsella werd geboren op 19 januari 1958 in Essen. Van 1992 tot 2008 werkte hij als redacteur en hoofdredacteur voor het datirische tijdschrift Titanic. Daarnaast schreef en schrijft hij voor verschillende kranten en tijdschriften.  Hij staat vooral bekend als schrijver van komische gedichten. In 2004 kreeg hij de Joachim-Ringelnatz-Preis.

 

 

Der Lehrer

 

Der Lehrer geht um sieben raus

Und ruft vier Stunden: „Leiser!“

Um kurz nach eins ist er zuhaus:

Nicht ärmer, aber heiser.

Bis vier fläzt er im Kanapee

Mit Sekt und Stör und Brötchen.

Dann nimmt er’s Taxi hin zum See,

Dort steht sein Segelbötchen.

Er legt sich rein und gibt sich hin

Und schaukelt bis zum Morgen.

So ist sein Leben frei von Sinn,

Von Arbeit und von Sorgen.

 

 

 

 

 

Vater und Kind

 

Ahm... ähh... Papa-a?“

„Ja, mein Kind?“

„Wenn von frühlingsgrünen Zweigen

zitternd sich zur Sonne neigen

zarte junge Frühlingsrosen;

Wenn statt grauer Winterlüfte

frühlingsbunte Frühlingsdüfte

streichelnd unsre Sinne kosen –

Steckt anstelle Herbst und Winter

da vielleicht der Frühling hinter?“

„Kannst Du die Frage noch mal wiederholen?"

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Gsella (Essen,19 januari 1958)

 

 

 

 

 

De Estlandse dichter, schrijver en politicus Paul-Eerik Rummo werd geboren op 19 januari 1942 in Tallinn. Van 1959 tot 1965 studeerde hij literatuurwetenschap aan de universiteit van Tartu, waarna hij bij verschillende theaters werkte. Tegenwoordig is hij zelfstandig schrijver en vertaler. Daarnaast werkt hij als politicus en zit hij in het parlement van Estland. Hij was ook al tweemaal minister.

 

 

Crooning

I am so fleeting
sighed the girl to the sea
oh, what can I do
you are eternal

I am transparent like you
sighed the girl to the window
oh, what can I do
my heart’s in full view

I open like you
sighed the girl to the door
oh, what can I do
the sun steps in

I am so small
sighed the girl to the sun
oh, what can I do
you are so large

I am so foolish
sighed the girl to the wise man
of, what can I do
everyone is so wise

***

The world did not invade my soul, it seeped into it
it did not break into my heart, it ate into it.
It spent long wakeful nights in the corner of my room,
a radiance round its head like a halo.
Did it want to comfort or torment me,
deliberately trimming the wick of my sleep-lamp?
Lull me? Rile me? Soothe me? Upset me?
Bind me in any way? Did it even want
anything at all? Perhaps at an hour
when my pupils shrank to pinpoints,
it entered like a passer-by in search of shelter,
rested a while, then sensing it was time to go,
braced itself and left without further ado –
as simply as it had come.
It left me to breathe its uncloying kindness,
its unbiting freshness¸ a steady flame –
a fire that does not destroy; a colourful sobriety;
a voice that is everywhere a brother, a sister;
a vivid indifference; wholeness is indeed
one – only one – oneness.

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul-Eerik Rummo (Tallinn, 19 januari 1942)

 

 

 

 

 

De Portugese dichter Eugénio de Andrade (eig. José Fontinhas) werd geboren op 19 januari 1923 in Póvoa de Atalaia. Toen hij in de jaren dertig in Lissabon woonde begon hij gedichten te schrijven en de eerste bundel verscheen in 1942. In 1946 kwam de doorbraak met As Mãos e os Frutos. Daarna volgden er nog meer gedichten, proza en vertalingen van Federico García Lorca. In 2001 ontving hij de hoogste literaire prijs, de Prémio Camões.

 

 

Penniless Lovers

 

 

They had faces open to whoever passed.

They had legends and myths

and a chill in the heart.

They had gardens where the moon strolled

hand in hand with the water.

They had an angel of stone for a brother.

 

They had like everyone

the miracle of every day

dripping from the roofs;

and golden eyes

glowing with a wilderness of dreams.

 

They were hungry and thirsty like animals,

and there was silence

around their steps.

But at every gesture they made,

a bird was born from their fingers

and, dazzled, vanished into space.

 

 

 

 

Animals

 

Far off I see my docile animals.

They are tall and their manes are burning.

They run, searching for a spring,

and sniff the purple among broken rushes.

 

Slowly they drink the very shade.

Now and then they lift their heads.

They gaze in profile, happy almost

at the lightness of the air.

 

They place their muzzles close beside your loins,

where the body’s grass is most confused,

and like a creature basking in the sun,

slowly they breathe, soothed and calm.

 

 

 

 

Vertaald door Alexis Levitin

 

 

 

 

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Eugénio de Andrade (19 januari 1923 - 13 juni 2005)

 

 

 

 

 

De Nederlandse schrijfster Marie Koenen werd geboren in ’s-Hertogenbosch op 19 januari 1879. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2008.

 

Uit: Een eenvoudige ziel van Gustave Flaubert, vertaald door Marie Koenen

 

„Mevrouw Aubain had een knappen jongen getrouwd zonder geld, die in 't begin van 1809 stierf, haar twee heel jonge kinderen nalatend en veel schulden. Ze verkocht toen haar vaste goederen, op de hoeve van Toucques en de hoeve van Geffosses na, die hoogstens 5,000 franken rente opbrachten, en ze verliet haar huis te Saint-Melaine voor een voordeeliger, dat had toebehoord aan haar familie en gelegen was achter de hallen. Dit huis, met zijn leien dak, lag tusschen een open gang en een steegje, uitloopend op de rivier. Binnen struikelde men er over het hoog-en-laag der ongelijke vloeren. Een enge vestibuul scheidde de keuken van de zaal, waar mevrouw Aubain den dag lang

in een rieten fauteuil bij het openslaand raam zat. Tegen het wit geverfde beschot stonden in een rij acht mahoniehouten stoelen.

Een oude piano torste, onder een barometer, een pyramide van opeengestapelde bussen en kartonnen doozen. Twee trijpen armzetels stonden ter weerszijden van den geel marmeren schoorsteen in stijl Louis XV. De pendule, in het midden, stelde een vestaalschen tempel voor,--en heel het vertrek rook wat duf, daar de plankenvloer lager lag dan de tuin.“

 

 

 

 

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Marie Koenen  (19 januari 1879 - 11 juli 1959)

 

 

 

 

 

De Oostenrijkse schrijver Gustav Meyrink werd op 19 januari 1868 te Wenen geboren als Gustav Meyer, onwettige zoon van de jonge actrice Maria Meyer en baron Varnbüler von und zu Hemmingen, toentertijd een reeds op leeftijd zijnde, gehuwde minister te Würtemberg. Tot aan zijn dood in 1932 bestond zijn leven uit een aaneenschakeling van opvallende, mysterieuze en soms zelfs turbulente gebeurtenissen. Hij was bankier in Praag, werkte tevens als vertaler van werken van Rudyard Kipling en Charles Dickens en verhuisde in 1911 naar Starnberg, waar hij ook stierf. In 1927 bekeerde hij zich van het christendom naar het Boeddhisme. Meyrink schreef fantastische of magisch realistische vertellingen over buitenzintuiglijke fenomenen en de metafysische zin van het leven (Der Golem, Das Grüne Gesicht, Der weiße Dominikaner).

 

Uit: Der Golem

 

Die Hände gefesselt, hinter mir ein Gendarm mit aufgepflanztem Bajonett, mußte ich durch die abendlich beleuchteten Straßen gehen.

Gassenjungen zogen in Scharen johlend links und rechts mit, Weiber rissen die Fenster auf, drohten mit Kochlöffeln herunter und schimpften hinter mir drein.

Schon von weitem sah ich den massigen Steinwürfel des Gerichtsgebäudes mit der Inschrift auf dem Giebel herannahen:

»Die strafende Gerechtigkeit ist die Beschirmung aller Braven.«

Dann nahm mich ein riesiges Tor auf und ein Flurzimmer, in dem es nach Küche stank.

Ein vollbärtiger Mann mit Säbel, Beamtenrock und -mütze, barfuß und die Beine in langen, um die Knöchel zusammengebundenen Unterhosen, stand auf, stellte die Kaffeemühle, die er zwischen den Knien hielt, weg und befahl mir, mich auszuziehen.

Dann visitierte er meine Taschen, nahm alles heraus, was er darin fand, und fragte mich, ob ich - Wanzen hätte.

Als ich verneinte, zog er mir die Ringe von den Fingern und sagte, es sei gut, ich könnte mich wieder ankleiden.

Man führte mich mehrere Stockwerke hinauf und durch Gänge, in denen vereinzelt große, graue, verschließbare Kisten in den Fensternischen standen.

Eiserne Türen mit Riegelstangen und kleinen, vergitterten Ausschnitten, über jedem eine Gasflamme, zogen sich in ununterbrochener Reihe die Wand entlang.

Ein hünenhafter, soldatisch aussehender Gefangenwärter –das erste ehrliche Gesicht seit Stunden - sperrte eine der Türen auf, schob mich in eine dunkle, schrankartige, pestilenzialisch stinkende Öffnung und schloß hinter mir ab.

Ich stand in vollkommener Finsternis und tappte mich zurecht.

Mein Knie stieß an einen Blechkübel.

Endlich erwischte ich - der Raum war so eng, daß ich mich kaum umdrehen konnte - eine Klinke, und stand in - einer Zelle.“

 

 

 

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Gustav Meyrink (19
januari 1868 – 4 december 1932)

 

 

 

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Patricia Highsmith, Edgar Allen Poe, Julian Barnes, Marie Koenen


De Amerikaanse schrijfster Patricia Highsmith werd geboren als Mary Patricia Plangman in Fort Worth (Texas) op 19 januari 1921.  Highsmiths' eerste boek Strangers on a Train (Vreemden in de trein) uit 1950 werd drie keer verfilmd, onder anderen door door Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. Haar tweede boek The Price of Salt speelt zich af in het bekrompen Amerika van de jaren '50. Tom Ripley is haar bekendste personage. Ripley liet ze in totaal vijf boeken opdraven. Het eerste boek waarin hij verscheen was The Talented Mr. Ripley. In 1960 werd dit boek verfilmd als Plein Soleil door René Clément met Alain Delon in de rol van Tom Ripley. In 1999 werd het boek nogmaals verfilmd door Anthony Minghella met Matt Damon als Ripley. In totaal heeft Patricia Highsmith tweeëntwintig romans en zeven boeken met korte verhalen op haar naam staan

 

Uit: The Talented Mr. Ripley

 

'Charley Schriever told me you were in the insurance business,' Mr Greenleaf said pleasantly.

'That was a little while ago. I--' But he didn't want to say he was working for the Department of Internal Revenue, not now. 'I'm in the accounting department of an advertising agency at the moment.'

'Oh?'

Neither said anything for a minute. Mr Greenleaf's eyes were fixed on him with a pathetic, hungry expression. What on earth could he say? Tom was sorry he had accepted the drink. 'How old is Dickie now, by the way?' he asked.

'He's twenty-five.'

So am I, Tom thought, Dickie was probably having the time of his life over there. An income, a house, a boat. Why should he want to come home? Dickie's face was becoming clearer in his memory: he had a big smile, blondish hair with crisp waves in it, a happy-go-lucky face. Dickie was lucky. What was he himself doing at twenty-five? Living from week to week. No bank account. Dodging cops now for the first time in his life. He had a talent for mathematics. Why in hell didn't they pay him for it, somewhere? Tom realized that all his muscles had tensed, that the matchcover in his fingers was mashed sideways, nearly flat. He was bored, God-damned bloody bored, bored, bored! He wanted to be back at the bar, by himself.

Tom took a gulp of his drink. 'I'd be very glad to write to Dickie, if you give me his address,' he said quickiy. 'I suppose he'll remember me. We were at a weekend party once out on Long Island, I remember. Dickie and I went out and gathered mussels, and everyone had them for breakfast.' Tom smiled. 'A couple of us got sick, and it wasn't a very good party. But I remember Dickie talkingthat week-end about going to Europe. He must have left just--'

'I remember!' Mr Greenleaf said. 'That was the last weekend Richard was here. I think he told me about the mussels.' He laughed rather loudly.

'I came up to your apartment a few times, too,' Tom went on, getting into the spirit of it. 'Dickie showed me some ship models that were sitting on a table in his room.'

'Those are only childhood efforts!' Mr Greenleaf was beaming. 'Did he ever show you his frame models? Or his drawings?'
Dickie hadn't, but Tom said brightly, 'Yes! Of course he did. Pen-and-ink drawings. Fascinating, some of them.' Tom he'd never seen them, but he could see them now, precise draughtsman's drawings with every line and bolt and screw labelled, could see Dickie smiling, holding them up for him to look at, and he could have gone on for several minutes describing details for Mr Greenleaf's delight, but he checked himself.




 

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Patricia Highsmith (19 januari 1921 - 4 februari 1995)

 

 

 

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Edgar Allen Poe werd geboren op 19 januari 1809 in Boston. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2007.

 

Uit: The Tell-Tale Heart

 

TRUE!--NERVOUS--very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am! but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses--not destroyed--not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily--how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture--a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees--very gradually--I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.

Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded--with what caution--with what foresight--with what dissimulation I went to work!”

 

 

 

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Edgar Allen Poe (19 januari 1809 – 7 oktober 1849)

 

 

 

 

De Engelse schrijver Julian Barnes werd geboren op 19 januari 1946 in Leicester. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2007.

 

Uit: Arthur and George

 

A child wants to see. It always begins like this, and it began like this then. A child wanted to see.

He was able to walk, and could reach up to a door handle. He did this with nothing that could be called a purpose, merely the instinctive tourism of infancy. A door was there to be pushed; he walked in, stopped, looked. There was nobody to observe him; he turned and walked away, carefully shutting the door behind him.

What he saw there became his first memory. A small boy, a room, a bed, closed curtains leaking afternoon light. By the time he came to describe it publicly, sixty years had passed. How many internal retellings had smoothed and adjusted the plain words he finally used? Doubtless it still seemed as clear as on the day itself. The door, the room, the light, the bed, and what was on the bed: a ‘white, waxen thing’.

A small boy and a corpse: such encounters would not have been so rare in the Edinburgh of his time. High mortality rates and cramped circumstances made for early learning. The household was Catholic, and the body that of Arthur’s grandmother, one Katherine Pack. Perhaps the door had been deliberately left ajar. There might have been a desire to impress upon the child the horror of death; or, more optimistically, to show him that death was nothing to be feared. Grandmother’s soul had clearly flown up to Heaven, leaving behind only the sloughed husk of her body. The boy wants to see? Then let the boy see.”

 

 

 

 

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Julian Barnes (
Leicester,  19 januari 1946)

 

 

 

 

 

De Nederlandse schrijfster Marie Koenen werd geboren in ’s-Hertogenbosch op 19 januari 1879. Zie ook mijn blog van 19 januari 2007.

 

 

Op meisjes in de rondedans (Dansliedje)

 

Op, meisjes, in de rondedans,

Nu weeft een bonte bloemenkrans

En slingert in de rijen.

Wij zijn zo jong, ons hart is blij,

Dat is zo groot verblijen.

Wij zijn zo jong, ons hart is blij,

Dat is zo groot verblijen.

 

Op, meisjes, zingt een blijde wijs,

De wereld is een paradijs,

Wij dansen en wij zweven.

Wij zijn zo jong, ons hart is blij,

Dat is een vrolijk leven.

Wij zijn zo jong, ons hart is blij,

Dat is een vrolijk leven.

 

Op, mensen, zingt en danst als wij,

Komt, sluit u in de bonte rij

En zingt langs alle wegen.

Wij zijn zo jong, ons hart is blij,

Dat is een grote zegen.

Wij zijn zo jong, ons hart is blij,

Dat is een grote zegen.

 

 

 

Tekst: Marie Koenen / Muziek: Jos. Reckers

 

 

 

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Marie Koenen  (19 januari 1879 - 11 juli 1959)