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'Nomad's Hotel' by Cees Nooteboom
'Nomad's Hotel' by Cees Nooteboom

Cees Nooteboom, now 75, is one of the two Dutch writers -- along with his slightly older contemporary, Harry Mulisch -- whose name always turns up on those mysterious annual short lists of Nobel Prize contenders so beloved of European literary journalists. Though the Netherlands' native readership is small -- it sometimes seems there must be one interesting Dutch writer for every five Dutch readers -- both authors' reputations have benefited greatly from their government's enlightened program of subsidizing translations of the country's contemporary writers. Abroad, both men are known primarily for their many novels but among Dutch-speaking readers, Nooteboom also is...

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