Today is International Mother Language Day and as it is so often the case with these kind of days, I got inspired to create a list for you. I myself am Belgian and my mother language is actually Dutch. Perfect excuse to present you with a list of books that have been translated from Dutch to English.
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
I’m kicking his list off with a fairly recent translation. This horror novel received a little make-over for the English translation, the story was transported from a small Dutch village to a small American village, that I have some mixed feelings about. Still, it should definitely be on your TBR as freaking Stephen King said: “HEX, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt: A wicked witch holds an upstate New York town prisoner. This is totally, brilliantly original.”
Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters your homes at will. She stands next to your bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened.
The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting, but in so doing send the town spiraling into the dark, medieval practices of the past.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Ah, a classic which I couldn’t forget to put on this list.
Okay yeah so uhmmm… That’s it? Well that’s embarrassing… I honestly can’t find any other book translated from Dutch to English that I actually read and recommend. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaah.
So, what follows is a list of translated works that I haven’t read either, but should be on both our TBRs.
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen
Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs–not least his new endeavor the anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in–the woman Hendrik has always longed for–he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what’s left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences.
Crusade in Jeans by Thea Beckman
What do you think of the books that ended up on my list? Have you read any books translated from Dutch to English? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!