The fashion for ‘human statues’ as a form of street entertainment in the world’s cities is taken up in this delightful piece by one of the most innovative and interesting young Dutch writers, Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Such statues have the perfect vantage point for observing the city’s population, as well as the time to let their imaginations get to work on them… – Introduction to ‘Harlequin on Dam Square’
Amsterdam: Perfect Gems of City Writing features Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s first English language publication, with the adaptation of his story ‘Harlequin on Dam Square’.
This title features over 70 brilliant writers. You are staring out of the window, you are crossing a bridge, you are cycling through traffic, when the heavens open. Amsterdam suddenly feels as right as your favourite pair of old slippers, as heartbreakingly beautiful as that lover you once tossed aside during an eclipse of reason. You wonder whether you will ever have the heart to leave this place. As the writing in this volume proves, this same epiphany has dawned through the long years on the likes of Charles de Montesqieu, Dubravka Ugresic, Alain de Botton, Simona Luff, Chris Ewan and many, many more.
From outsiders to insiders, from classic to cutting-edge, over seventy brilliant writers reveal the many faces, present and past, of this amazing city. From Ian McEwan, Simon Schama and Deborah Moggach to Cees Nooteboom, Harry Mulisch and John Irving and over sixty other exciting writers, including the cream of translated Dutch writing and new voices. City-pick Amsterdam is co-edited by well-known Dutch writer and journalist Victor Schiferli, with an introduction by award-winning translator Sam Garrett.
Critical praise for Perfect Gems of City Writing:
‘An impressive little series’ – Sunday Telegraph
‘An attractive looking list of destination-based literature anthologies, a great range of writers’ – The Independent