A Novel of The HagueBook - 2010
Louis Couperus was catapulted to prominence in 1889 with Eline Vere, a psychological masterpiece inspired by Flaubert and Tolstoy. Eline Vere is a young heiress: dreamy, impulsive, and subject to bleak moods. Though beloved among her large coterie of friends and relations, there are whispers that she is an eccentric: she has been known to wander alone in the park as well indulge in long, lazy philosophical conversations with her vagabond cousin. When she accepts the marriage proposal of a family friend, she is thrust into a life that looks beyond the confines of The Hague, and her overpowering, ever-fluctuating desires grow increasingly blurred and desperate. Only Couperus--as much a member of the elite socialite circle of fin-de-si#65533;cle The Hague as he was a virulent critic of its oppressive confines--could have filled this "Novel of The Hague" with so many superbly rendered and vividly imagined characters from a milieu now long forgotten. Award-winning translator Ina Rilke's new translation of this Madame Bovary of The Netherlands will reintroduce to the English-speaking world the greatest Dutch novelist of his generation.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Archipelago Books ; [Minneapolis, Minn.] : Distributed by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, 2010.
Edition: 1st Archipelago Books ed.
Branch Call Number: FIC/COUPERUS
Characteristics: 523 p. ; 23 cm.
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