Underappreciated: Louis Couperus

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Our latest Underappreciated is all about writer Louis Couperus, considered to be one of the greatest Dutch novelists of his time. Author and literary critic Paul Binding and award-winning translator Ina Rilke join us to discuss the life and work of Couperus, whose 1889 novel Eline Vere launched his career as an author. A psychological novel inspired by the naturalist style of Zola and the innovative characterizations of Flaubert, this "novel of The Hague" presents readers with an entire society while simultaneously questioning its values.


Paul Binding and Ina Rilke

Comments [2]

Pegasus from Sudbury, Mass.

Thank you so very much. A Dutch friend sent me this book-it took a while to start it, but then I could not put it down. The term 'flowery language' used by Ina Rilke was just the term I was looking for and couldn't think of to describe the feeling of the book to friends. It was the richness of the descriptions that was so wonderful. How could a 26 year old man do this?? Impressive.

Aug. 31 2010 02:52 PM
scarlett from NYC

Fascinating. Thank you.

Aug. 18 2010 12:51 PM

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