Youths big plans and vague longings, the binges, crashes, and marathon walks and talks
April 15, 2012 2:45 AM Subscribe
Joseph O'Neill on the Dutch literary hero Nescio No one has written more feelingly and more beautifully than Nescio about the madness and sadness, courage and vulnerability of youth: its big plans and vague longings, not to mention the binges, crashes, and marathon walks and talks. No one, for that matter, has written with such pristine clarity about the radiating canals of Amsterdam and the cloud-swept landscape of the Netherlands.
Nescio's De Uitvreter (The Freeloader), Titaantjes (Little Titans) and Dichtertje (Little Poet) have been read by a lot of Dutch people in high school. They're very much part of the top canon lists in the Netherlands.
There are not a lot of resources in English on Nescio. wikipedia
Joseph O'Neill is known for his novel Netherland. He's an Irishman living in New York who grew up in The Hague.