UC Berkeley's Dutch Studies Program dates back to 1966 and has meanwhile
developed into the nation's leading intellectual center for the study and
research on the Low Countries (the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg).
This anthology presents a selection of texts by Peter K. Wehrli, representing over forty years of writing and traveling. It covers diverse experiences, from the author's early relationships with the avant-garde Swiss Dadaists in Zurich to a conversation in Brazil that is surprisingly revealing of Wehrli's homeland. While meandering through the vignettes that follow, readers will savor the author's new perspective, one that reawakens the child inside us and encourages us to view the world as if it were for the very first time.
This is a grammar of the Dutch language written in Portuguese and made for native speakers of Portuguese who are learning Dutch.
The author of this book was born in 1954 in Iran. As a university student, he joined an underground movement that first rebelled against the Shah and later against Khomeini. For his clandestine publications, he adopted the alias Kader Abdolah in honor of two of his comrades in the underground who were assassinated by Iran’s successive regimes of oppression. In 1988, he reached the Netherlands where he received political asylum. Little by little, he began to master the Dutch language. Abdolah’s literary career in Dutch began in 1993. His debut was an astonishing success and paved the way for a career that would lead him to the top of contemporary Dutch literature. In addition to his work as a novelist, he became a weekly columnist. Fifty of his columns appear here. Kader Abdolah is widely seen as one the most original and thought-provoking voices in the debate on the profound transformations that are taking place in Europe in consequence of the immigration in the lastdecades.
The Netherlands used to be considered a European model for progressiveness and for the successful integration of immigrants. However, the murders of the politician Pim Fortuyn (in 2002) and the filmmaker Theo van Gogh (in 2004) have forced the country to reconsider its policy. The self-confidence of the past has recently given way to a critical reflection on Dutch identity. The achievements of globalization, multiculturalism and even the European Union have been called into question and the country has adopted a much more restrictive immigration policy. In contemporary Dutch literature, however, an alternative voice can be heard.
This interview took place at Hugo Loetscher's house in Zurich in July 2005.