Rituals (novel)

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Author Cees Nooteboom
Original title Rituelen
Translator Adrienne Dixon
Country Netherlands
Language Dutch
Publisher De Arbeiderspers
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 189
ISBN 90-295-3262-9

Rituals (Dutch: Rituelen) is a 1980 novel by the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom. The narrative follows two friends, one who breaks rules frequently and one who follows them strictly. It was Nooteboom's first novel in 17 years. After finishing The Knight Has Died (1963), he had worked as a journalist, written poetry, and traveled around the world, "looking for something to write about".[1]

Rituals won the Ferdinand Bordewijk Prize[2] and the Pegasus Prize. It was published in an English translation in 1983 by Louisiana State University Press, which also published English translations of other works by Nooteboom through 1990.

The novel was adapted as a 1988 French-language film with the same title, directed by Herbert Curiel.[3]

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The novel was praised by critics. It won the Ferdinand Bordewijk Prize[2] and the Pegasus Prize.


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  1. ^ Wroe, Nicholas (2006-03-25). "Journeys of the mind". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b "F. Bordewijk-prijs". letterkundigmuseum.nl (in Dutch). Nederlands Letterkundig Museum. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Cees Nooteboom". evene.fr (in French). Evene. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Cees Nooteboom". evene.fr (in French). Evene. Retrieved 2012-03-03.