Author Archives forilja

UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS

September 25, 2019 3:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts “What doubt is for science,” wrote the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), “that is irony for personal life.” But in the social debate, irony soon leads to indifference. And Kierkegaard...

SONNETS 2018

May 8, 2019 10:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts Since 1 January 2018, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer has been writing a sonnet about the news for the newspaper every other week. These columns in poetry form are printed every other...

JUST CALL IT LOVE

March 10, 2019 12:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts The bitter, touching comedy Just Call It Love stages a relay of encounters in the famous Majestic Imperial Hotel, where hundreds of rooms have room for loneliness. The play follows...

GRAND HOTEL EUROPA

December 13, 2018 12:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Grand Hotel Europa was published in Dutch on December 13th in a first print of 20,000 copies, which sold out completely on the first weekend. On the 1st of February...

THE SECRET LODGING

November 11, 2017 3:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts The diary of Anne Frank is more than a sacred book of murdered innocence, a testimony of the Shoah that commands compulsory awe and an untouchable monument that seems to...

DUETS

May 18, 2016 4:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts A collection of thirty poems written four-handedly by Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer and Erik Jan Harmens about the fact that the world is falling to pieces.

GIRO GIRO TONDO

January 18, 2015 6:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts As a gift for the Week of Dutch and Belgian Poetry 2015, printed in an edition of more than 20 thousand copies, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer wrote a crown of sonnets...

MINISTER KWIST

December 1, 2012 12:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts In Minister Kwist we closely follow the final days of the first Rutte cabinet. And by looking over the shoulder of the least well-known minister from that cabinet. Kwist, minister...

OLD & NEW LEIDSCHE

April 29, 2010 6:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts An anthology of classical stories about the Dutch city of Leiden, cosen by Onno Blom and Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, enriched by new stories especially written for the collection by Maarten...

THE MAN OF MANY MEANS

June 14, 2008 9:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts This collection of Collected Poems 1998-2008 contains the award-winning and acclaimed collections Van de vierkant man (1998), The glimmering of the welkwiek (2001), Dolores (2002) and In the name of...

MALPENSA

March 8, 2008 4:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts Two Dutch businessmen wait for the delayed flight to Rome Fiumicino at Malpensa airport near Milan. To kill the time they get into conversation with each other. That is to...

THE CENTURY OF MY DAUGHTER

March 17, 2007 4:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts A political satire on the conservative restauration policy of the Dutch governments in rhyming alexandrines, set in the near future, when the best actor of the Netherlands takes the dead...

IN THE NAME OF THE DOG

August 18, 2005 4:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts In the name of the dog contains sixteen poems that can truly be called ‘great’ in every respect: each individual poem is a hymn that sings like a dog and...

THE MANIPULATIVE MODE

November 29, 2004 5:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts This book deals with political propoganda in classical antiquity, exploring the contexts, strategies, and parameters of a fascinating phenomenon that has often been approached with anachronistic models or completely ignored....

DOLORES

June 14, 2002 9:22 am Published by Leave your thoughts Dolores contains twenty-five compact, exuberant, screamingly recognizable poems about a great love, which, like all great loves, is characterized by despair and failure.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF BACCHYLIDES

December 31, 1999 5:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts In his own time Bacchylides was considered the equal of Pindar, the most famous representative of archaic Greek lyric. Until the publication of the London papyrus in 1897; the study...

THREE AEGINETAN ODES OF PINDAR

June 29, 1999 4:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts A study of three epinicia of Pindar, which have in common that they celebrate victories of Aeginetan athletes and that they respond to the contemporary political situation in Aegina and...