Sat. 4/21, 2pm
Marente de Moor discusses her novel The Dutch Maiden, winner of the EU Prize for Literature
We're excited to host EU Prize for Literature winner Marente de Moor for a reading of selections from her book The Dutch Maiden, in partnership with UNC's Center for European Studies!
It's 1936. Tensions are mounting as Europe slides towards another war and eighteen year old Janna is making her troubled way towards adulthood. Janna's father sends her from her home in the Netherlands to train with Egon von Botticher, an aristocratic fencing master in Germany. Botticher is as eccentric as his training methods but the pupil soon finds herself falling for her master. Botticher, however, is not all that he appears to be and Janna must discover the true nature of her father's mysterious relationship with him.
Dark and animalistic, with echoes of John Fowles' The Magus, The Dutch Maiden follows Janna as she comes of age, attempting to solve the riddle of her father's past and trying to avoid the tangled web of European politics as Germany marches towards Nazism and war.
Marente de Moor was the Dutch recipient of the prize in 2014 for her novel De Nederlandse maagd (The Dutch Maiden in English). Published in 2010, De Nederlandse maagd is her second novel, and received the AKO Literatuurprijs, the best known prize for literature in the Netherlands. The book follows a young Dutch girl and her relationship with a mentor in interwar Germany. Dutch and foreign presses describe the novel as “whirling” and “animalistic”, and compare it to the likes of Tolstoy and Jünger. De Moor has authored several award-winning novels and short stories in addition to De Nederlandse maagd, and has had her work translated into ten languages. Her third novel, The Roundhay gardenscene, was shortlisted for the Libris Prize for Literature. Learn more about de Moor on her website.