Fate Decided Otherwise

In October 2005 I interviewed the Dutch writer Henk van Woerden for the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. There in the Amsterdam art gallery Espace, where his novel Ultramarine (Ultramarijn) was being launched and there was an exhibition of his drawings and photos, he told me that he was ‘dog-tired’. He attributed his fatigue to jetlag.…

‘Auntie Yet’ and Humanity

The Internationalism of Henriette Roland Holst Henriette Roland Holst-van der Schalk (1869-1952), poetess, writer and socialist, is one of the most revered women in the history of the Netherlands. Her contemporaries hailed her as ‘our greatest poet’ and saw her as a prophetess; the proclaimer of a beautiful, pure and righteous future. The historian Johan…