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Literature

Hello,

For my Dutch class I have to read literature for my literature list, and today we were told we can read 1 literature book that is translated to Dutch. I'd like to know if there's people here that know some interesting books so I can choose one. There's a few things though.

-The original book can not be in one of these languages; Dutch (figures), English, Spanish, German or French. These are languages taught in our school and can't be chosen for our Dutch literature list, because people can easily use the same book for their German/English etc. literature list and read it in Dutch, which is easier of course.

-The book has to be translated to Dutch. If you know about a book but you don't know if it's translated, you can suggest it anyways. Just tell me you're not sure.

-And of course the book has to be literature, so no thrillers or anything. Actual literature.

I am very interested in Scandinavia, so I'd appreciate it if you could suggest some of those books. Any literature book translated from another language are still great though. I hope you can help me!

-Allias/Anni

2 years ago

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/kubelnaby
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I suggest Sostiene Pereira (Pereira verklaart in Dutch), by the Italian contemporary novelist Antonio Tabucchi. It's in Italian of course, with names of places and people in Portuguese since it is set in Portugal. They even made a movie out of it, which was not bad but not as good as the book either.

It's a novel about a journalist who cannot go on with his life after his wife's death and in general is a take on the role of intellectuals in politics, especially under a dictatorship (in the book, Salazar's dictatorship), but also a reflection about the importance of having something to believe in and fight for in life.

2 years ago

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I'm not sure about thias...I tried this in Italian, and it's pretty challenging, but that may just be my (still) limited Italian skills.

I agree with Murakami. I love reading him in English translation, and his writing is simple, but his concepts are complex, and his worlds surreal.

2 years ago

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I was pretty interested so I looked it up, but I can't find the book anywhere. I'll go to some local bookstores or the library to ask if they have it, though. Thanks for suggesting! :)

2 years ago

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If you look really far back, you can find some literature that was written before all those languages existed and has since been translated extensively... A holy book (if that counts as literature?...) might work, but I would recommend trying to find a book from the time (e.g. Greek and Roman literature, mythology, or a comedy (Apuleius' Golden Ass). Or, if you want Scandinavian, you could try Beowulf. The vikings never wrote any other notable works, as far as I'm aware. I'm not sure if any of these have been translated into Dutch, but I would be surprised if they haven't.

2 years ago

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Pff, I actually didn't expect anyone to suggest pieces that were originally written in Ancient Greek or Latin, but since I am in a special language school those are also languages taught to us, so I can't pick those either, haha (kind of where I got my username from, too). We are now actually working on literature in our Latin class and we're going to have a play about Ajas (where I'll be Minerva/Athena!) but ok I'm rambling now, sorry :') I actually haven't thought about reading Beowulf yet, thanks for the suggestion! I'll see if there are some translations to Dutch.

2 years ago

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staplesnout
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So how many languages are you studying now at school? :)

And what about Russian literature?

And I actually can't understand the restrictions. If somebody wants to cheat and to read the book in Dutch instead of French, he will do it anyway, no?

2 years ago

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Only 3 left, if you count Dutch. 6 was overkill, and the forcing element also kind of killed the joy of learning for me. I just learn German outside of school now.

Hm, my Dutch teacher mentioned a Russian writer, and a book with the name Anna in the title, if I remember correctly.

Eh, I mean more like you buy both the Dutch and French book, so you read it for Dutch and then kinda laze off in French class. They're trying to avoid that. None of us would buy both the Dutch and French version just for French. We aren't that rich :')

2 years ago

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staplesnout
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I already see that your school has some forcing element :) Our teachers were never interested in what we do in other classes and if we cheat there or not.

I think your teacher meant Anna Karenina. A really good book which also shows the lifestyle of the XIX-century society. I do not know how many time you have, it may be a bit long but not complicated.

I also can advise you to read works by Michail Boelgakov - "Heart of a dog" and "Master and Margarita". They are very funny despite being serious. I do not know if the first one is translated into Dutch, but the latter definitely must be.

2 years ago

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Well, they warned us for it, haha. At least I get to know how to translate Latin, and since I'd like to be a doctor it might come in handy with all the latin names given to medicine and body parts.

Yes, it was Anna Karenina, written by some guy named Leo. I still have 2,5 years, so I'll have plenty of time. I suppose I can read it before starting to read Harry Mulisch (a famous Dutch writer, with complicated books)

I'll certainly look them up, it's kind of a shame I can only read 1 translated book. All the suggestions seem pretty interesting.

2 years ago