Bettina Bach

Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Bettina Bach

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Recently translated into German

Wär mein Klavier doch ein Pferd - Erzählungen aus den Niederlanden
Edition Fünf, 2016
Translated by  Bettina Bach, Helga van Beuningen, Anna Carstens, Doris Hermanns, Andrea Kluitmann, Christiane Kuby

15 stories by fourteen women authors from the Netherlands, written over the last century, told with open eyes for the absurdities and impositions of life. The authors give us laconic, direct, funny and tragic accounts of key moments in childhood and adulthood and of dramas that shake the foundation of their characters’ lives. As varied as their backgrounds are - traditional Dutch,  colonial or Jewish - , they have a strong focus on the point where individuals and the world at large meet and the difficult balance between self-assertion and acceptance of others. With stories by: Maria Dermoût, Josepha Mendels, Elisabeth Augustin, Annie M. G. Schmidt, Marga Minco, Helga Ruebsamen, Margriet de Moor, Ellen Ombre, Jill, Anneloes Timmerije, Manon Uphoff, Sanneke van Hassel, Esther Gerritsen, and Maartje Wortel.