Slauerhoff's The Forbidden Kingdom is a blend of historical chronicle, fiction and commentary, bringing together the seemingly unrelated lives of a twentieth-century ship's radio operator and the sixteenth-century Portuguese poet-in-exile, Luis Camoes.
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Slauerhoff draws his reader into a dazzling world of exoticism, betrayal and exile, where past and present merge and the possibility of death is never far away. A very intriguing novel - one that makes you feel you should read it again to really get what was happening.
This is vintage Slauerhoff. Slauerhoff draws his reader into a dazzling world of exoticism, betrayal and exile, where past and present merge and the possibility of death is never far away.
The Forbidden Kingdom
Through a narrative that evolves into a critique of European history, culture and colonialism, Slauerhoff speculates about the lessons to be learnt from history. After a childhood plagued by bouts of asthma, he studied medicine in Amsterdam, where he also began writing poetry. His first work was published in , and by the end of his life he was considered one of the most important writers in Dutch.
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Description A classic of early modernism The Forbidden Kingdom Het Verboden Rijk is the masterwork of Jan Jacob Slauerhoff - a romantic tale of adventure, seafaring and colonialism, told through an experimental narrative. An intoxicating mix of time travel and adventure, The Forbidden Kingdom revolves around the Portuguese imperial outpost of Macao in China.
Two men journey to the colony: the exiled sixteenth-century poet Luis de Camoes, author of The Lusiads, and a twentieth-century ship's wireless operator. With their overlapping stories Slauerhoff draws his reader into a dazzling world of exoticism, betrayal and exile, where past and present merge and the possibility of death is never far away. Jan Jacob Slauerhoff was born in the Netherlands.
After a sickly childhood, he studied medicine in Amsterdam before enlisting as a ship's surgeon with the Dutch East India Company, working on the infamous China-Java-Japan route.
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His first poetry collection, Archipelago Archipel , was published in , and he came to be regarded as one of the most important writers in Dutch - a poete maudit to compare to Baudelaire or Verlaine. A troubled life, which involved numerous sea voyages to the Orient, South America and Africa, as well as a marriage to the dancer Darja Collin, Slauerhoff contracted malaria on a journey to South Africa, and died. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Other books in this series. The Evenings Gerard Reve.
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