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Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

The Dutch programme at the International Book Fair in Beijing was cunn... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

Dear Dutch publishers. The book fair is over. Perhaps you’ll now... >>> read more

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, Dutch illustrators

The days are full and long. We are incessantly bombarded with impressi... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

Arriving on the stand on the first day, I’d asked a Chinese visi... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

Big excitement today since we were finally meeting with Songyu from Fl... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The traffic in Beijing is horrendous, I’m sure the other blogger... >>> read more

Thomas Möhlmann

Thomas Möhlmann, Staff member Dutch Foundation for Literature

What an evening the poets and the approximately 200 onlookers present ... >>> read more

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, Dutch illustrators

It’s now the third day, and the first one with plenty of sun. Un... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

What a great opportunity to learn about the Dutch literature for Chine... >>> read more

Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

A duck flies to and fro over the vast expanses of world ocean, despera... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

‘In the era of browsing, we provide reading.’ - Slogan see... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The jewel in the crown of our collection of Arbeiderspers titles publi... >>> read more

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The Chinese publishers I have met during the course of my career, the ... >>> read more

Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg, Dutch writer

I have so far never been to a book fair. Nor do I know what to imagine... >>> read more

Kai Kang

Kai Kang, Journalist China Reading Weekly

Since 2006, I began writing about the Netherlands’ performance a... >>> read more

Henk Pröpper

Henk Pröpper, Director Dutch Foundation for Literature

Now that the fair is just round the corner, this is perhaps the moment... >>> read more

Henk Pröpper

Henk Pröpper, Director Dutch Foundation for Literature

In two weeks’ time, the official opening of one of the largest b... >>> read more

Ramsey Nasr

Ramsey Nasr, Dutch poet

Ramsey Nasr (b. 1974, Rotterdam) is a poet and author, actor and direc... >>> read more


Michele Hutchison, Editor De Arbeiderspers

The origin of the world

The jewel in the crown of our collection of Arbeiderspers titles published in foreign languages is a slim cream-coloured book encased in a dark red slip case. The slip case is cut away horizontally in a rolling arabesque and the half of the cover you do see is elegantly printed with a continuation of the art deco silver lines of the case.

An example of beautiful and original packaging.

This is Flower City Press’s edition of Jelto Drenth’s De oorsprong van de wereld, and is frequently brought out in meetings as an example of beautiful and original packaging. So admired is this book that we are paying tribute to its form in a forthcoming Dutch title: Arthur Japin’s Kussenboek (Pillowbook). It won’t look exactly the same but it will have an elegant slip case and it will be produced in China.

Much is made of Chinese censorship and who knows what may have been left out of the translation of The Origin of the World, but it has been discretely and beautifully published and that should count for something. Jelto Drenth is a sexologist and the book is about female sexuality and genitalia. The same publishers also have an edition of Mels van Driel’s Manhood in the pipeline, a companion volume on the cultural history of the penis and testicles. The publishers are also seriously considering his follow up which is on masturbation, though they felt very uncomfortable discussing it with my colleague when visiting our offices last year. I’ll be meeting with them at the fair and look forward to hearing whether they have made a decision.