No one has written more feelingly and more beautifully than Nescio
about the madness and sadness, courage and vulnerability of youth:
its big plans and vague longings, not to mention the binges,
crashes, and marathon walks and talks. No one, for that matter, has
written with such pristine clarity about the radiating canals of
Amsterdam and the cloud-swept landscape of the Netherlands.
Who was Nescio? Nescio--Latin for "I don't know"--was the pen name
of J.H.F. Gronloh, the highly successful director of the
Holland-Bombay Trading Company and a father of four--someone who
knew more than enough about respectable maturity. Only in his spare
time and under the cover of a pseudonym, as if commemorating a lost
self, did he let himself go, producing over the course of his
lifetime a handful of utterly original stories that contain some of
the most luminous pages in modern literature.
This is the first English translation of Nescio's stories.
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