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Renate Dorrestein (1954–2018)

Author of A Heart of Stone

58+ Works 3,623 Members 95 Reviews 16 Favorited

About the Author

Renate Dorrestein is an internationally acclaimed author and one of Holland's best loved novelists. She was a journalist before writing her first novel, Outsiders, which was published in 1983. Her books have regularly appeared at the top of Dutch bestseller lists ever since. The recipient of show more numerous awards, her novels have been published in more than fifteen countries. She lives in the Netherlands Hester Velmans was born in the Netherlands and now lives outside New York City with her husband and two children. She has translated Edith's Story by Edith Velmans, The Lily Theater by Lulu Wang, and Dorrestein's A Heart of Stone, which received the prestigious Vondel Translation Prize show less
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Works by Renate Dorrestein

A Heart of Stone (2000) 446 copies
Want dit is mijn lichaam (1997) 278 copies
A Crying Shame (1996) 260 copies
The Darkness That Divides Us (2003) 210 copies
Without Mercy (2001) 180 copies
Het hemelse gerecht (1991) 172 copies
Buitenstaanders (1983) 171 copies
Unnatural Mothers (1992) 158 copies
Zolang er leven is (2007) 148 copies
Een sterke man (1994) 126 copies
Heden ik (1993) 121 copies
De leesclub (2010) 110 copies
Echt sexy (2007) 98 copies
Het geheim van de schrijver (2000) 91 copies
Is er hoop (2009) 74 copies
Noorderzon (1986) 71 copies
De stiefmoeder (2011) 70 copies
Een nacht om te vliegeren (1987) 63 copies
Vreemde streken (1984) 51 copies
Laat me niet alleen (2008) 46 copies
Voor liefde: klik op F (2006) 43 copies
Vóór alles een dame (1989) 40 copies
Korte metten (1988) 40 copies
Weerwater (2015) 37 copies
Zeven soorten honger (2016) 23 copies
Reddende engel (2017) 21 copies
De blokkade (2013) 16 copies
Liever horen we onszelf (2014) 15 copies
Pas goed op jezelf (2010) 9 copies
De zondagmiddagauto (2012) 9 copies
De stiefdochter (2014) 4 copies
De nieuwe man (1990) 2 copies
Penvriendin in China (2015) 1 copy
Mens in uitvoering (2002) — Contributor — 1 copy

Associated Works

Titaantjes waren we... : schrijvers schrijven zichzelf (2010) — Contributor — 55 copies
Joods-Amerikaanse literatuur — Contributor — 5 copies
Wisselend decor (1998) — Contributor — 3 copies
Inpakken en Wegwezen 1992 (1992) — Author — 2 copies

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Snel geschreven, toevallig weer wij perspectief. Beetje rommelig
 
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Uiltje48 | 8 other reviews | Jan 10, 2024 |
A claustrophobic family drama centred around the tumbledown home — in an anarchic, peripheral community poised on the edge of the modern world — of the widowed artist Job and his crippled daughter Maria, his housekeeper and only model for many years. All sorts of generation-bending tensions come out into the open when Job brings his new and very young girlfriend Felicity into the mix, whilst Maria's son and daughter-in-law (Cas and Xandra!) are busy having a designer baby.

There's a lot of symbolism going on, some heavy biblical references and apocalyptic weather, and a lot of fierce criticism of our (modern?) drive to control our own bodies and environments as well as the male possession and control of women's bodies.

Dorrestein explains in an endnote that Job's painting in the story is based on Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World" (1948, in the MOMA collection), but the characters are her own.
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thorold | 3 other reviews | Jul 4, 2023 |
Een echte Dorrestein, veel ellende en ontwikkelingen maar ook een heel sympathiek en wijs meisje van 11 jaar als hoofdpersoon. Het eindigt onverwacht en niet echt positief.
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elsmvst | 2 other reviews | Jul 31, 2021 |
cosa me ne faccio? era in pessime condizioni?
 
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Works
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ISBNs
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