Praise for Cees Nooteboom

‘Cees Nooteboom, I do not know who he is, but I do know what he is like. And I know what he can do with words if he remains true to himself: a novelist pur sang.’ – C.J.E. Dinaux, Haarlems Dagblad, 1956

‘The reader will look forward with excitement to new work by this undeniably highly gifted writer, as will I.’ – de Volkskrant, 1956

‘Every image is truly surprising […]. Cees Nooteboom’s magnificent effort and style are reminiscent of the Old Masters of the Dutch still life.’ – Neue Zürcher Zeitung on Rituelen (Rituals)

‘Nooteboom’s André Steenkamp is a displaced person in more than one respect; he is behind the times. And it is precisely this process of getting behind the times, becoming meaningless, that Nooteboom depicts so evocatively as a slow death.’ – Hella S. Haasse

‘The provocative tone with which this novel responds to the apocalyptic vision is of unprecedented originality in this country.’ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Rituelen (Rituals)

‘In this age of literary specialization, the Dutch author Cees Nooteboom still wears the many-colored coat of the man of letters – poet, novelist, playwright, translator and travel writer.’ – Michael Malone, The New York Times Book Review

‘Very personal and topical travel stories of a quality that is unfortunately rarely encountered in Dutch periodicals and newspapers.’ – Max van Rooy, NRC Handelsblad

‘He is a philosopher, a bon viveur, a rogue, a dreamer, a cosmopolitan and a nomad, a cook, a melancholic. He has something of Pascal about him, and Eulenspiegel, Wolfram Sieback and Robert Burton. And he is a metaphysician: Cees Nooteboom.’ – Joachim Sartorius

‘Much more than a 20th-century village storyteller, Cees Nooteboom stands as an impressive and inimitable voice among contemporary writers.’ – Linda Simon, The New York Times Book Review

‘The literary travel story is a genre that Cees Nooteboom has raised to a high level. Like Canetti, he is able to blend factual and personal details in such a way as to create a completely distinctive and rich kind of prose.’ – Gerrit Jan Zwier

‘Perhaps the most important book I’ve read this year. I’m deeply impressed by this Cees Nooteboom. To think the Dutch have such a great writer!’ – Marcel Reich-Ranicki about Het volgende verhaal (The Following Story)

‘What he seeks is an understanding of the irreconcilable. He is a writer who measures himself against the culture he encounters.’ – Doeschka Meijsing on the travel stories

‘An impressive philosophical novel… elegant and subtle.’ – Lire on Het volgende verhaal (The Following Story)

‘All of his work possesses an erudition, a command of language, and skill that we find in America in Nabokov and Guy Davenport. Consider it a niche, if you will, but one we must keep.’ – Robert Buckeye, Review of Contemporary Fiction

‘I firmly believe that Rituelen is his best novel, and in a sense the centre of his entire oeuvre.’ – Arnold Heumakers, de Volkskrant

‘These days there is hardly any more wonderful, more spiritual pleasure than reading Cees Nooteboom.’ – Neue Zürcher Zeitung

‘Nooteboom is a novelist of big themes, but he is never heavy-handed. He embeds philosophical musings in observations of the commonplace, so that his ideas sneak up on you, appearing unexpectedly, breathtakingly, like angels hidden in abandoned cupboards.’ – Jennifer Vanderbes, The Washington Post

‘Cees Nooteboom is a great European novelist. He is great both because he understands the shapes of the history we have lived, and because he makes new fictive forms in which to record them.’ – A.S. Byatt in her introduction to Rituals

Nooteboom’s debut novel, Philip en de anderen (Philip and the Others), came out in 1955. He was twenty-two years old at the time. Where did the inspiration come from? READ MORE

Nooteboom has written about the phenomenon many times, about why it is that he always wants to pack his suitcases again. READ MORE

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Cees Nooteboom is known primarily for his novels and his travel books. As far as he is concerned, however, poetry comes first. READ MORE

Many of Nooteboom’s essays deal with art, particularly those branches with a visual focus: painting, architecture, film and photography. READ MORE