An evening with Cees Nooteboom, in conversation with Jane Fenoulhet

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UCL Main Campus, Roberts Building G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT

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WC1E 6BS

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UCL awards Honorary Doctorate to Cees Nooteboom [MAP OF LOCATION]

UCL Dutch celebrates this recognition for Dutch author Cees Nooteboom; the poet, novelist and travel writer whose work has been translated into over thirty languages. In the Anglophone world he first rose to prominence as a writer of both playful and erudite novels such as Rituals (1980) and In the Dutch Mountains (1984) and has since been an important literary voice in today’s global literature. His resolute, critical Europeanism is especially significant at the present time.

Nooteboom’s work has been enjoyed by many UCL students, not only of Dutch literature, but of comparative literature and translation studies too. Their world is not unlike that of the narrator of In the Dutch Mountains. ‘What else do I read? Diaries, letters and, best of all, dictionaries. For let us be honest: without the intervention of any thinking agent, language itself is still the greatest communicator.’

This evening we celebrate his novels, stories, travel books and poetry. Professor Jane Fenoulhet, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Dutch, and author of Nomadic Literature: Cees Nooteboom and his Writing (Peter Lang, 2013), will interview the author about his work. Cees Nooteboom will read poems from the 2014 anthology Light Everywhere and from his most recent collection, Monk’s Eye (2016). The conversation will range across the author’s many works in English. There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions, followed by the opportunity to buy books and have them signed by the author, and a wine reception, kindly offered by the Dutch Embassy.

With the support of UCL SELCS, New Dutch Writing , and the Embassy of the Netherlands.

picture Cees Nooteboom copyright: Simone Sassen

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UCL Main Campus, Roberts Building G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT

Gower Street

London

WC1E 6BS

United Kingdom

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