The first English-language collection by a master of World
Literature. J. H. F.
Grnloh was a successful Dutch businessman, executive of the
Holland-Bombay Trading Company and father of four, with a secret life
:under the pseudonym Nescio (Latin for I don't know), he wrote a
series of short stories that went unrecognized at the time but that
are now widely considered the best prose ever written in Dutch.
Nescio's stories look back on the enthusiasms of youth with an
achingly beautiful melancholy comparable to the work of Alain-Fournier
and F. 'scott Fitzgerald. He writes of young dreams from the
perspective of adult resignation, but reinhabits youthful ambition and
adventure so fully that the later perspective is the one thrown into
doubt-and with language as fresh as when it was written a century ago.
His last long story, written and set during World War II, is a
remarkable evocation of the Netherlands in wartime and a hymn to our
capacity to take refuge in memory and imagination.
This is great literature-capturing the Dutch landscape and
scenes of Amsterdam with a remarkable poetry, and expressing the
spirit of the country of businessmen and van Gogh, merchants and
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