Classic of the Dutch Caribbean Literature Reprinted

6 02 2018

DE ROTS DER STRUIKELING [Life’s Obstacles, ed.] is a classic from the Dutch Caribbean literature. The novel tells the story of Eddy Lejeune, who reflects on his turbulent life.

Eddy Lejeune comes in search for diamonds in Venezuela mysteriously to his end. The story is told in a journalistic manner and begins at the end of his life. Before that, his high school years are described, his growing up in a foster home, the war that overtakes him as a student, the war camp. Particularly his war experiences prove to be a major influence on his thinking.

For this book Boeli van Leeuwen from Curaçao was rewarded the Vijverberg Prize (the present Bordewijk Prize) in Holland. In 1983 he received the Cola Debrot prize, the most important Antillian cultural distinction, for his literary work.

For more news read it in our new BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr.69 FEBRUARY 2018 edition.
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Caribbean Novel Headed to the Big Screen

8 07 2015

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Curaçao author Frank Martinus Arion’s internationally acclaimed Dutch-language novel Double Play (Dubbelspel) will be made into a feature film from director Ernest Dickerson (Juice, The Wire).

Double Play is set in Curaçao during the 1970s, during the turbulent transition from Dutch colonial rule to self-governance. The story follows a game of dominoes that takes up a full day, and the fates of four men are revealed through a journey of love, loss and betrayal, all amid social, political and sexual rivalries.

Published in 1973, Double Play received the Netherlands’ prestigious Van der Hoogt Prize, and remains one of the most acclaimed examples of Caribbean literature to this day.

Doube Play can be purcased at BookIsh Plaza in the original Dutch version an in Papiamento.