Ferdinand Bordewijk

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Bordewijk (1954, P.C. Hooft Award)

Ferdinand Bordewijk (Amsterdam, 10 October 1884 – The Hague 28 April 1965) was a Dutch author. His style, which is terse and symbolic, is considered New Objectivity and magic realism. He was awarded the prestigious P.C. Hooftprijs in 1953 and the Constantijn Huygensprijs in 1957. Character (1997), an Academy Award-winning film directed by Mike van Diem, was based on his Karakter (1938).

Biography[edit]

Ferdinand Bordewijk was born in Amsterdam and studied law at Leiden University. After graduation he worked at a Rotterdam law firm. After his retirement he moved to The Hague. He was married to the composer Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman. He wrote the libretto for her opera Rotonde (1941).

Works[edit]

Blokken (1931)
Bint (1934)

His first published work was a volume of poetry titled Paddestoelen ("Mushrooms") under the pen-name Ton Ven. It was not particularly well received.

His breakthrough came with the short novels Blokken ("Blocks", 1931), Knorrende Beesten ("Growling Animals", 1933) and Bint (1934), and two longer works Rood paleis ("Red Palace", 1936) and Karakter ("Character", 1938). Blokken was a dystopian work which was perceived as a criticism of communism. It is comparable to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, which appeared one year later and which Bordewijk deemed to be junk ("een enorme prul").

Bibliography[edit]

  • 1916 – Paddestoelen (under the pseudonym "Ton Ven")
  • 1918 – Een koning van de frase (A king of the phrase) in: Groot Nederland
  • 1919 – Fantastische vertellingen, verhalen (Fantastic tales), short stories
  • 1923 – Fantastische vertellingen, tweede bundel (Fantastic tales II), short stories
  • 1924 – Fantastische vertellingen, derde bundel (Fantastic tales III), short stories
  • 1931 – Blokken (Cubes), novel
  • 1933 – Knorrende beesten; de roman van een parkeerseizoen (novel)
  • 1934 – Bint, de roman van een zender (novel)
  • 1935 – De laatste eer, grafrede (The last honor, eulogy)
  • 1935 – 't Ongure Huissens
  • 1936 – Rood paleis; ondergang van een eeuw (Red palace, downfall of the century)
  • 1936 – IJzeren agaven; studie in zwart met kleuren
  • 1937 – De wingerdrank (short stories)
  • 1938 – Karakter; roman van zoon en vader (novel). Made into a 1997 Dutch/Belgian film, directed by Mike van Diem.
  • 1940 – De Korenharp
  • 1940 – Drie toneelstukken (Three plays)
  • 1941 – Apollyon
  • 1946 – Eiken van Dodona (Oaks of Dodona)
  • 1946 – Veuve Vesuvius
  • 1947 – Bij gaslicht (By gas light)
  • 1947 – Vijf fantastische vertellingen (Five fantastic tales)
  • 1948 – Noorderlicht
  • 1948 – Plato's dood, symfonisch gedicht (Plato's death, symphonic poem)
  • 1948 – Rotonde (opera)
  • 1949 – Blokken, Knorrende beesten, Bint (Cubes, grunting animals, Bint), compilation
  • 1949 – Het eiberschild
  • 1949 – Nachtelijk paardengetrappel
  • 1949 – Zwanenpolder; twintig verhalen
  • 1950 – Vertellingen van generzijds (Tales from the other side)
  • 1951 – De korenharp, nieuwe reeks
  • 1951 – Studiën in volksstructuur
  • 1952 – De doopvont
  • 1954 – Haagse mijmeringen
  • 1954 – Mevrouw en meneer Richebois; twintig korte verhalen (Misses and mister Richebois; twenty short stories)
  • 1955 – Arenlezing uit De korenharp (compendium)
  • 1955 – Bloesemtak
  • 1955 – Onderweg naar Beacons; twaalf korte verhalen
  • 1956 – Geachte confrère; splendeurs en misères van het beroep van advocaat
  • 1956 – Halte Noordstad; vermeerderd met drie eenacters en een monoloog (play)
  • 1956 – Tien verhalen (Ten stories)
  • 1957 – Idem; tien parodieën (Idem; ten parodies)
  • 1958 – De aktentas, tien korte verhalen
  • 1959 – De zigeuners; twaalf korte verhalen en een schets (The gypsies; twelve short stories and a sketch)
  • 1960 – Centrum van stilte; vijf verhalen (Centre of silence; five stories)
  • 1961 – Tijding van ver (Faraway tidings)
  • 1961 – Paddestoelen (raad in) rijm (under het pseudonym Ton Ven)
  • 1964 – Lente; zeven verhalen (Spring, seven stories)
  • 1964 – Jade, jaspis en de jitterbug (under het pseudonym Ton Ven)
  • 1965 – De Golbertons
  • 1981 – Dreverhaven en Katadreuffe
  • 1982 – Zeven fantastische vertellingen; nagelaten feuilletons (Seven fantastic tales)
  • 1982–1991 – Verzameld werk (Complete works, thirteen parts)
  • 1983 – Vijf kleine verhalen (Five little stories)

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