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By Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer

"An ode to the imagination."—NRC Handelsblad

A pleasure to learn, los angeles Superba, winner of the main prestigious Dutch literary prize, is a Rabelaisian, stylistic tour-de-force. Migration, criminal and unlawful, is on the middle of this novel a couple of author who turns into trapped in his stroll at the wild aspect in mysterious and unique Genoa, the labyrinthine port urban nicknamed "La Superba."

Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (b. 1968), poet, dramatist, novelist, popular within the Netherlands as a grasp of language, is the single two-time winner of the Tzum Prize for "the most lovely sentence written in Dutch" (including one in l. a. Superba!)

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A great deal of the novel is carried by interior monologue, or by the narrative of personal or non-personal observers, or by parody and pastiche, but there are odd corners of the recit that call for the artist to present his own statement, richly but in total self-effacement. Let us look at the very opening. ough the tnlnd of Stephen Dedalus, who is still to come up the staIrs of the Martello tower into the bright June morning: Stately, plump ~uck Mullig~ came from the starrhead, bearing a bowl of lather o~ whIch a mmor and a razor lay crossed.

Ringsend: WIgwams of~rown steersmen and master mariners. Human shells. ly knitted into each other. But the Joyce descrlpttvetechmque IS clearly in evidence. The vocabulary for instance, is almost totally Anglo-Saxon; even the few words of Romance origin have long been assimilated to the language. d the rest - have the effect of emphasising the ~eutomc baSIS of the. vocabulary, essential in a piece of descriptIOn of a northern littoral. The task of relating the elemental donnees to tJ:'e current ~f human life is left to Stephen who, typically, does It through hterature.

MOlltonner, the French said. A homely and just word. These brief interior monologues could quite easily, if there were a sympathetic interlocutor present, be direct speech: there are none of the ellipses which characterise the inner inusings of Bloom and Stephen. They represent an intermediate stage between speech and thought and suggest what is so often found in Dickens - stream-of-consciousness language which becomes comic by being externalised. Mrs Nickleby provides some good examples: Nature, as well as Dublin, defers to Father Conmee.

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