Wolkers

Last week, Dutch author Jan Wolkers died (Wikipedia on Wolkers, warning: possibly NSFW because of a picture of author posing with a bare-naked lady). He was buried today (warning: Dutch language alert) in what newspapers call a well-attended funeral.

I mention Wolkers here because he was mandatory reading material in Dutch literature classes: His most famous work, of course being, ‘Turks Fruit’ (‘Turkish Delight’) eventually made it to the big screen in 1973, directed by Paul Verhoeven. The book (written in 1969) crosses plenty of boundaries, from morals, sexual topics to cancer (a topic that was literally a taboo to discuss in the Sixties). It’s an excellent book, though: I always thought ‘Turkish Delight’ to be the classic example of a book that just didn’t need to be filmed. After all, the lively acting of the two leading actors (Hauers, Van Der Ven) in the movie quite distract… Oh wait: CUTE KITTIES!

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