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Louis Couperus, widely considered one of the greatest Dutch novelists, gained prominence in 1889 with this psychological novel inspired Émile Zola, Gustave Flaubert, and Leo Tolstoy. Eline, withdrawn and subject to depression, accepts the marriage proposal of a family friend, only to break off the engagement, convinced that her sickly but charismatic cousin Vincent is in love with her. Vincent drifts in other directions. She travels, dreams, and deteriorates. Moving back to the Hague, she lives alone in a hotel, where, during a nervous crisis, she takes what may or may not be an accidental overdose. Award-winning translator Ina Rilke's new translation of this masterpiece will be a literary event.

Louis Couperus, widely considered one of the greatest Dutch novelists, gained prominence in 1889 with this psychological novel inspired Émile Zola, Gustave Flaubert, and Leo Tolstoy. Eline, withdrawn and subject to depression, accepts the marriage proposal of a family friend, only to break off the engagement, convinced that her sickly but charismatic cousin Vincent is in love with her. Vincent drifts in other directions. She travels, dreams, and deteriorates. Moving back to the Hague, she lives alone in a hotel, where, during a nervous crisis, she takes what may or may not be an accidental overdose. Award-winning translator Ina Rilke's new translation of this masterpiece will be a literary event.

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  • Louis Couperus is widely considered one of the greatest Dutch writers. In his novels and stories he immortalized the stormy developments in the political, social, and cultural life of the fin de siècle. With an inexhaustible imagination, energy, and stylistic variety, he wrote psychological, mythological and historical novels, stories, tales and poems. Most celebrated novels: Eline Vere, The Hidden Force. Ina Rilke was awarded the Vondel Translation Prize in 1999. In 2008, her translation of W. F. Herman's "The Darkroom of Damocles" made the shortlist for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and her translation of Erwin Mortier's "Shutterspeeld" made the longlist of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Also in 2008, she won a Flemish Community Prize for Culture for her work.
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