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|Margriet de Moor
Noordwijk 21 Nov. 1941 • Dutch novelist and short story writer
photo: Klaas Koppe
|ON MARGRIET DE MOOR'S BOOKSHELF|
Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky, 1868
The saintly Prince Myshkin returns to Russia from a Swiss sanitorium and finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth, power and sexual conquest.
Leo N. Tolstoy, 1890
When Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder.
Old People and the Things that Pass
Louis Couperus, 1906
Three very old people are bound together by a secret, which they believe is known only to them. But unfortunately, this isn't the case.
The Aleph and Other Stories
Jorges Luis Borges, 1949
In stories that play with the very form of the short story, in this collection, Borges returns again and again to his themes: dreams, labyrinths, mirrors, infinite libraries, the manipulations of chance, gaucho knife-fighters, transparent tigers, and the elusive nature of identity itself.
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, 1924
The story of Hans Castorp, a modern everyman who spends seven years in an Alpine sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, finally leaving to become a soldier in World War I.
Vladimir Nabokov, 1962
A novel constructed around the last great poem of a fictional American poet, John Shade, and an account of his death. The poem appears in full and the narrative develops through the lengthy, and increasingly eccentric, notes by his posthumous editor.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare, 1596
Lovers lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love.
As You Like It
William Shakespeare, 1599
Shakespeare transplants the sophisticated denizens of the court to the starkly simple Forest of Arden, where witty clowns woo country wenches, philosophers wax melancholic and girls will be boys.
The Man Without Qualities
Robert Musil, 1930
Ulrich has no qualities in the sense that his self-awareness is completely divorced from his abilities. He is drawn into a project, the 'Parallel Campaign', to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph's coronation in 1918.
Memoirs of Hadrian
Marguerite Yourcenar, 1951
Hadrian, approaching death, writes a long valedictory letter to the young Marcus Aurelius, next-but-one in the line of succession. Hadrian describes his accession and explains the philosophy that informed his rule over the powerful and far-flung Empire.
Marguerite Yourcenar, 1968
The life of an imaginary physician, Zeno of Bruges, this novel reflects Yourcenar's fascination with the occult.
The Following Story
Cees Nooteboom, 1991
Herman Mussert, a former teacher of Latin and Greek, falls asleep in Amsterdam one evening, only to wake up in a hotel room in Lisbon with the fear that he is dead.
Orpheus and Eurydice
various, Greek myth (4th century BC?)
When the wood nymph Eurydice suddenly and tragically dies, Orpheus proves his undying love by following her to the underworld, determined to bring her back from the clutches of Hades.
|BOOKS BY MARGRIET DE MOOR:|
Set in Naples in 1800, this is the unusual story of a passionate affair between a young woman and a castrato.
|WHAT TO READ AFTER THE VIRTUOSO?|
EROTICISM OF THE UNUSUAL
Marquis de Sade, 1791
Justine is the woeful story of a chaste, virtuous woman who is shown in the most graphic and vile ways that such virtue is rewarded only with suffering in the world outside convent walls.
Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
The story of Humbert Humbert and his obsession with 12-year-old Dolores Haze. Determined to possess his 'Lolita' both carnally and artistically, Humbert embarks on a disastrous courtship that can only end in tragedy.
House of the Sleeping Beauties, and Other Stories
Yasunari Kawabata, 1968
Three short stories center on a lonely protagonist and his peculiar eroticism. An exploration of the interplay of fantasy and reality at work on a mind in solitude.
Manon Uphoff, 1995
Modern fairy tales about thwarted lust and repressed violence.
Patrick Süskind, 1985
A murder was the start of his obsession. It was after that first crime that he knew he was a genius, that he understood his destiny. He, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, the fishmonger's bastard, was to be the greatest perfumier of all time.
OPERA IN LITERATURE
Anna Enquist, 1994
Three days in the life of the painter Johan Steenkamer, and of the women closest to him. The story is based on Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Petra Morsbach, 1998
Love against the backdrop of four opera productions in a provincial German theater.
Louis Ferron, 1974
WHO REALLY KNOWS THE ONE THEY LOVE?
Milan Kundera, 1997
A moment of confusion sets in motion a complex chain of events which crosses and recrosses the divide between fantasy and reality.
Kristien Hemmerechts, 1993
The distrust between a woman and her lover.
William Shakespeare, 1604
Othello, a man of quailty and superior intelligence, is brought down by his suspicions of his wife, Desdemona.
|[Op de rug gezien]|
|First Gray, Then White, Then Blue|
|[Ik droom dus]|
|The Kreutzer Sonata|
|Duke of Egypt|
Dueling Dutch sisters become separated by a monstrous meteorological anomaly.
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