|Author||Willem Frederik Hermans|
|Original title||Nooit meer slapen|
|Publisher||De Bezige Bij|
Published in English
Beyond Sleep (Dutch: Nooit meer slapen) is a 1966 novel by the Dutch writer Willem Frederik Hermans. It tells the story of Alfred Issendorf, a Dutch geology student who travels with a group of Norse students to Finnmark, northern Norway, to investigate a theory his professor has, that craters in the local landscape were not formed by Ice Age glaciers, but by meteor impacts.
Michel Faber wrote in The Guardian: "In the original Dutch, Hermans's prose is bracingly lucid and straightforward, justifying his reputation as a champion of unadorned style. Ina Rilke's translation is fluent and finds clever solutions to tough challenges (such as preserving the comic effect of conversations in which English is the foreign language), but overall the tone is more formal, more prim than it should be. ... Beyond Sleep is an engaging yarn once it hits its stride, intermittently thought-provoking, frequently funny, well worth investigating."
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