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Overview

A critically acclaimed, award-winning collection drawing sparkling prose from the inspiration of three rivers passing through different times and places.

On the storm-swollen Aisne in northeastern France, an alcoholic actor combats both his demons and nature’s tempests. Along the Main and Rhine in Germany, a kindhearted logger has but one wish: to travel with the lumber from his small Franconian hometown to the end of the river in the Netherlands, where it feeds into the majestic North Sea. In a bucolic vale in the French region of Brittany, two families, divided by religion and an unnamed stream, sustain a centuries-old feud, their resolve no match for the constantly shifting flow of water.

These three stories span countries and eras, but they are all connected by, and reliant on, the unpredictable power and languid beauty of rivers that give life as quickly as they take it away.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503901278
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Martin Michael Driessen is a Dutch opera and theater director, translator, and writer. He made his debut in 1999 with the novel Gars, followed by Vader van God (Father of God, 2012) and Een ware held (A True Hero, 2013), both of which were broadly reviewed and nominated for literary prizes. In 2015 his novel Lizzie, written with the highly acclaimed and award-winning poet Liesbeth Lagemaat, was published under the pseudonym Eva Wanjek. Rivieren (Rivers, 2016) was awarded the prestigious ECI Literature Prize (formerly the AKO), the Readers Prize, and the Inktaap Prize, shortlisted for the Fintro Literature Prize, and nominated for the Halewijn Prize. His latest novel, De pelikaan (The Pelican, 2017), was shortlisted for the Libris Prize. His work has been translated into English, Italian, German, Spanish, Slovenian, and Hungarian.

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Rivers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Rivers" is a collection of one short story and two novellas which centered around the rivers. Unique stories written in beautiful prose (probably excellent translation, too.) At times, even full of life ironies. Cleverly using the natures of rivers as symbolism-- unpredictable, calm, turbulent, peaceful, fickle and powerful-- we have three stories that span across countries and time periods that illustrate the meandering cycles of life. I am usually not a fan of short stories, but I highly enjoyed the three well-written stories presented in this collection by the award-winning author Martin Michael Driessen. These stories are short but they are not page-turners. I took my time and some thoughts to fully appreciate them and they did not disappoint. I will sure want to read more by the author if there are future translations on his other works.