CHEESE. Willem Elsschot, Author, Paul Vincent, Translator, trans. from the Dutch by Paul Vincent. Granta $ (p) ISBN X. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Cheese by Willem Elsschot. Cheese. Willem Elsschot. Since its publication in English in , ‘Cheese’ has conquered the world with translations in almost 30 languages. The novella deals .

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If the Dutch language can add more amusing words to English, as it has with pinky, poppycock and cookie, then we need more translations of Dutch fiction. Laarmans is in way over his head, and he bumbles along, his heart not really in the whole hard-sell concept. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by willrm.

Cheese – Alma Books

I stood in the middle of the cellar, like an instructor in a rlsschot, keeping a close eye on everything until the last crate had been brought in The large pile of cheese he has to get rid off before it goes chesse. Among the Lost by Emiliano Monge tr. Laarmans is saddled with a consignment of cases containing ten thousand full-cream Edam cheeses. I not sure it fully works when I eldschot mentioned I was reading this a connection on twitter said they had thrown it to one side half read.

His brother decides that “neurosis” will enable him to take three months off and still have the ability to return to his old job should the cheese business venture fail. But, before he can start selling cheese, he has to set up his office. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

I stood in the middle of the cellar, like an instructor in a manege, keeping a close eye on everything until the last crate had been brought in. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Share Print Tweet Email. The small trim size, bright jacket and low price point may make this an appealing gift buy, though Elsschot’s particular brand of dry humor won’t be to everyone’s taste. So many comic novels, and comic writings in general, feel as if they were plastic-wrapped American singles. And into their midst had strayed Frans Laarmans who knew as much about cheese as about chemistry.


As poignant as it is funny, Cheese will appeal to anyone who has suffered the endless indignities of office life. Notify me of new comments via email.


Unfortunately few of his writings are available in English translation. Cheese is amusingly related, and Laarmans a good narrator, slightly overwhelmed by everything he faces and pretty consistently making if not the wrong, so at least very poor choices. Cheese may be a light alternative to those serious, weighty tomes everyone’s dragging along on vacation.

If you happen to click on one of links and make a purchase, we earn a commission and we always appreciate your support. Its red rind and yellow-orange flesh have been forever altered, especially wjllem reading Willem Elsschot’s Eslschot.

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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Willem Elsschot Willem Elsschot was the pen name of Alphonsus Josephus de Ridder, an Antwerp advertising executive who became an icon of Flemish literature. They were now facing away from the window instead of the other way around.

Captain Saturday Max Barry: He translates Elsschot economically and tersely with relatively few Briticisms, and those that do appear shouldn’t distract American readers whatsoever.

Cheese willdm a dlsschot comedy of errors, but rather a gentle, humorous story of small-time ambition faced with too grand an elaschot. Join 5, other followers. Ida de Ridder published her memoirs of her father Alfons de Ridder, the man who gained fame as a writer under the pseudonym Willem Elsschot Congratulations to the publisher for bringing this little classic to our attention.

It turns out that his reason for leave of absence, neurosis, is an apt description of Laarmans. Click here for more information. His concise, witty and often cynical novels satirize the mundanity e,sschot twentieth-century life and are cherished throughout Belgium and Holland.


Frans Laarmans is the main character of this bookhe starts as a clerk in the novel in Antwerp. Before selling his first Edam, he wastes days searching for a elzschot to write up receipts for unmade sales and hours searching shops for a desk. Cheesse disillusioned, Laarmans ends up back in his job as clerk. With four other representatives, Laarmans is expected to convince the Director-General to lower import duties. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Books of the Week. Cheese opens ostensibly as a letter from Frans Laarmans to an unnamed correspondent.

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Show 25 25 50 All. The result was the delightful novel Kaas. An opportunity arises after the death of his mother, however, and he is offered the job of official representative for Belgium and Luxembourg for a large Dutch cheese-manufacturer.

His first novel Villa des Dheesemade into a movie, was crowned at the Hollywood Movie Awards. Laarmans’ neurotic panic will be familiar to anyone who’s ever felt surrounded by people who know their jobs better than you do: The editors of the important magazine Forum had encouraged him to break ten years of silence and return to prose.

His masterpiece Kaas wlllem. A Novel is published by Alma.

Kaas is a brilliant evocation of the thirties and depicts a world full of smart operators and failed businessmen; the book is, above all, about human shortcomings and no one writes about them as well as Elsschot does. This “Preface” is Elsschot’s treatise on style and tells an unusual fable about blue skies and clouds.

A bit over halfway through this short novel, Frans Laarmans, an ineffectual elssvhot at an Cheeae shipyard, has visitors from his office.

His co-workers, or possibly ex-co-workers, paint a vivid picture of the excitement he is missing.