I have always admired this sentence by the great Dutch writer — novels, journalism, poetry, essays — who died this past Saturday. Details of his life here, and his Dutch website here. A number of his books translated into English are available. He is also the writer who defined himself by saying “I am World War II” — alluding to his parents, the father an Austrian army officer who collaborated with the Nazis during WWII in Holland, which saved his wife, a Jew, and their son during the Nazi period.
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