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Venice

Rebekka de Wit

Rebekka de Wit about Venice

As Venice is now

Zoals Venetië nu

I The day before I leave Venice, it’s high tide, which in practice means flooding, but Venice floods so re...

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Venice

Tbilisi

Lasha Bugadze

Lasha Bugadze about Tbilisi

A song for Tbilisi

სიმღერა თბილისზე

1983. March. Those who have coronary artery disease tend to feel worthless. Take the distinguished composer Lad...

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Tbilisi

Lublin

Arnon Grunberg

Arnon Grunberg about Lublin

A Reported Offence

Aangifte

The 9th of May 2012 the Belgian newspaper De Morgen published the original Dutch citybook Aangifte and an in...

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Lublin

Jakarta

Veronica B. Vonny

Veronica B. Vonny about Jakarta

The Final Ending

Akhir yang Terakhir

REMAINS OF BATAVIA CASTLE, (1) 16 JUNE 2014, NIGHT Panting, blocked by a high broad brick wall, the young ma...

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Jakarta

Lisbon

Dulce Maria Cardoso

Dulce Maria Cardoso about Lisbon

They’re all love stories

Tudo são histórias de amor

My name is Jinja. Jinja with a J. I’m a mongrel, medium-sized, golden mane, floppy ears, eyes that could melt...

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Lisbon

Stellenbosch

Rentia Bartlett-Möhl

Rentia Bartlett-Möhl about Stellenbosch

Ella’s outlined sky

Ella se belynde lug

‘Maria Callas se vurige stem / bring die hemel en die aarde / bymekaar waar ek is’ (1) , Ella Luyt wrote w...

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Stellenbosch

Skopje

Abdelkader Benali

Abdelkader Benali about Skopje

Warrior on a Horse

Beeld van een gewapende strijder op een paard

1 Whoever visits Skopje in August has to take into account a dry heat that persists from early morning to late...

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Skopje

Charleroi

Thomas Gunzig

Thomas Gunzig about Charleroi

The Reservation

La réserve

In The Veil of Time, and with his leg in a cast, Bart Van Loo braves the winding streets of Chartres. He compos...

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Charleroi

Grahamstown

Toast Coetzer

Toast Coetzer about Grahamstown

I am sitting in the sea

ek sit in die see

I am sitting in the sea it is dry children emptied it and then there was nothing I climb out of the car my eye...

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Grahamstown

Ghent

Wim Brands

Wim Brands about Ghent

The Brass Band that Ate an Elephant

De fanfare die een olifant opat

‘Ghent is a city of clouds’, writes Dutch author and journalist Wim Brands in his citybook The Brass Band ...

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Ghent

Yerevan

Johan de Boose

Johan de Boose about Yerevan

Let Me Carry Your Pain

Laat mij je pijn dragen

‘Parting is death’s little sister,’ said an elegant lady yesterday, alighting from Ero’s minibus, whil...

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Yerevan

Utrecht

Onno Kosters

Onno Kosters about Utrecht

All and Nothing

Alles en niets

To sympathise with the pains of love, you must share in its feelings.Belle van Zuylen to James Boswell, 15 June...

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Utrecht

Graz

Milena Michiko Flašar

Milena Michiko Flašar about Graz

Farewell

Leb Wohl

Graz is for me a city in which people vanish. By this I mean just what I say, literally and without qualificati...

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Graz

Chartres

Goce Smilevski

Goce Smilevski about Chartres

The Cathedral and the Circus

КАТЕДРАЛАТА И ЦИРКУСОТ

The Macedonian author Goce Smilevski dreamed of Chartres as a child, he tells us in his citybook The Cathedral ...

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Chartres

Sheffield

Abdelkader Benali

Abdelkader Benali about Sheffield

Down and Dirty in Sheffield

Uitgeteld en plat in Sheffield

The citybook by Abdelkader Benali about Sheffield has been published in The Low Countries in april 2013. Abdelk...

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Sheffield

Turnhout

Lasha Bugadze

Lasha Bugadze about Turnhout

Three in the city

სამნი ქალაქში

Lasha Bugadze also wrote a citybook about his hometown Tbilis: A song for Tbilisi.   1. …Talk about a sho...

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Turnhout

Ostend

Bernard Dewulf

Bernard Dewulf about Ostend

Snippets from Ostend

Fragmenten uit Oostende

16 January 2010It’s a clear winter’s day over Ostend and the adjoining mirror. Only the horizon is ...

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Ostend

Semarang

Bouke Billiet

Bouke Billiet about Semarang

Palm leaves and promises

Meisje van vroeger

Students at the University of Sheffield got their teeth into the citybook by Bouke Billiet on Semarang). Under ...

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Semarang

Hasselt-Genk

Atte Jongstra

Atte Jongstra about Hasselt-Genk

Bokrijk: Breathing Space

Bokrijk: ademgebied

Hasselt, Belgium. February the thirteenth, AD 2014. I had just taken up residence in Room 4 of hotel-restaurant...

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Hasselt-Genk

Bucharest

Jaap Faber

Jaap Faber about Bucharest

Be Sure to Take Your Own Bicycle Pump

Neem wel uw eigen fietspomp mee

How strong is the lonely cyclist in Bucharest? Bit by bit, Jaap Faber describes life in Romania in his citybook...

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Bucharest

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citybooks and Radio Books in Afrikaans

In the run-up to citybooks Stellenbosch, Rentia Barlett-Möhl translated twelve Dutch-language Radio Books and citybooks to Afrikaans and recorded the podcasts with the help of skilled readers. For an overview of the citybooks and Radio Books in Afrikaans by Hafid Bouazza, Adriaan van Dis, Arnon Grunberg, Joke van Leeuwen, Kees 't Hart, Menno Wigman, Tommy Wieringa, Ester Naomi Perquin, Peter Holvoet-Hanssen, Saskia de Coster, Stefan Hertmans and Bernard Dewulf click  here.

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