The Low Countries

Deze Engelstalige blog, gelinkt aan het jaarboek The Low Countries, brengt nieuws over taal, cultuur en maatschappij in de Lage Landen voor een breed buitenlands publiek.

  • 9 januari 2008

Music Centre The Netherlands: a joint kitchen for many cooks

G. K. Chesterton once wrote that ‘music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.’ Speaking of cooks, we all know that too many of them means spoiling the broth. And coming back to music: that’s what they must have thought at Music Center the Netherlands. As of January 1, 2008 Gaudeamus merged into this single large music institute in which classical, contemporary, jazz and pop music will all be incorporated. Well…that’s what the press release sa…

  • 9 januari 2008

Welcome to Omega Minor

‘Omega Minor is an ambitious, encyclopaedic novel that penetrates to the core of the traumatic twentieth century – the century of the atom bomb and the holocaust’, writes Sven Vitse about the second novel of Flemish writer Paul Verhaeghen in his article ‘Authenticity is Fiction’. This article will appear in the 16th yearbook The Low Countries, which will be out late April 2008. Dalkey Archive Press, who published the English translation of Omega Minor near the end …

  • 21 november 2007

Notice to Whom It May Concern

Thus beginneth a new blog.Watch this spot: as from the beginning of 2008 it will enlighten you about many a thing Dutch and Flemish. Read and you shall be informed. And for now, while the train hasn't left yet, we leave you with these words by the Flemish poet Jan Van Nijlen (1884-1965), printed in the 2006 issue of 'The Low Countries':And if the train pulls in to some peculiar placeyou'd never even heard of, not once in all your days,then you have reached your goa…

  • 21 november 2007

Notice to Whom It May Concern

Thus beginneth a new blog.Watch this spot: as from the beginning of 2008 it will enlighten you about many a thing Dutch and Flemish. Read and you shall be informed. And for now, while the train hasn't left yet, we leave you with these words by the Flemish poet Jan Van Nijlen (1884-1965), printed in the 2006 issue of 'The Low Countries':And if the train pulls in to some peculiar placeyou'd never even heard of, not once in all your days,then you have reached your goa…