Papiamento Novel in the Almere Library

1 11 2013

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l. to r. Minister Plenipotenciery of Aruba Edwin Abath, writer Quito Nicolaas and
Chris Wiersma (director library). PHOTO: Almere Vandaag, 2013

In October Quito Nicolaas presented his latest Papiamento Novel ‘Sombra di recuerdo’ to the director of De Nieuwe Bibliotheek, the library in  his hometown of Almere.

The library has aready some of his books in their collection, like ‘Verborgen Leegte’ and were very pleased to receive another book for their collection. Also present was the Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba, Edwin Abath, who commended Nicolaas with his 10th publication in Papiamento in the Year Celebrating the Papiamento Language in Aruba and in The Netherlands. Papiamento is spoken in the three Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao.

Quito Nicolaas´s books are available  @ BookIsh Plaza

 

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Press Release New Novel in the Year of Papiamento

17 05 2013

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Coming Thursday May the 30th the novel in the Papiamento language Sombra di recuerdo [Shadow of Memories] by Quito Nicolaas will be launched at the National Library Aruba. The book appears within the framework of the celebration of the Year of Papiamento.

The book published by BookIsh Publishers is about four friends who come together and reflect on the past. They contemplate on their past lives, the relationships they enter into, on politics and developments on the island. And also about the relationships between them which in time are conflicting or conciliatory. They meet challenges at every stage of their life against which they must overcome in order to escape the daily routine life. The consequenses of colonization, culture of obedience and emancipation are subjects in the lives of these four friends. The balance between good and evil runs like a red thread through the book.

The Aruban born and Almere based author, writes poems and prose in his native language of Papiamento, but also in Dutch, English and Spanish. This novel is the tenth book in his oeuvre. For the time being, this book with 400 pages is the most comprehensive work of the writer.
Nicolaas made his debut as novel writer in the Papiamento language in 2004 with Tera di silencio [Silent Land].

With Sombra di recuerdo [Shadow of Memories] the writer embroiders further on the fictional reality of an island community. So these two books interact with each other in the game between time and space.
Joe Fortin, literary theorist, says that the writer, takes the reader into a labyrinth of time and space, in search for the truth. Reality and fantasy are intertwined with each other. Different realities, times and places are mixed with one another throughout the book.

The book will be available at BookIsh Plaza





Sneak peek Papiamento novel

15 05 2013

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Papiamento is a creole language spoken on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao.
On Aruba they celebrate this year, the Year of Papiamento.

The book launch will take place on Tuesday May the 21rst at the Cabinet of the Plenipotentiary Minister of Aruba in The Hague.





Quito Nicolaas Wrote Dictation in the Papiamento Language

20 02 2013

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BookIsh Publishers is proud to announce that her published writer Quito Nicolaas wrote the dictation for ‘E Gran Dictado di Papiamento’ to take place coming Saturday on the island of Aruba.

Papiamento is the maternal language of the community living on the Caribbean island. The aim is to stimulate the correct use of the language and to cherish the cultural heritage. People can participate and test out if they dominate the language and there are of course prices to give away.

The dictation is organized in celebration of February the 21st, the International Mother Language Day. It’s a double celebration, for 2013 is also the Year of Papiamento.

Quito Nicolaas is an avid writer of the Papiamento language and has written lots of books in his mother tongue. The last one ‘Bos pa Planta’  [Constructing Voices] was published by BookIsh Publishers. Currently we’re preparing new work soon to come out. His books and other language books are available @ BookIsh Plaza

 





2013 Year of the Papiamento Language

13 02 2013

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This year will be dedicated to ‘Papiamento’ the lingua franca on the island of Aruba, ordained by the Department of Culture and approved by the Council of Ministers. Organizations, press, schools, community, centre, institutions and parents were urged to put emphasis on the correct use of the language, This year celebrates the 10th anniversary that Papiamento became official language in the Kingdom of The Netherlands next to the Dutch language. Remains only to urge Parliament to officialize the extensive orthography. The whole year there will be lots of activities organized in cooperation with the Department of Culture.

BookIsh Publishers will be bringing out a new work in our ‘dushi’ language Papiamento. And BookIsh Plaza  ezine will be putting more attention this year to the Papiamento language books.