1. Greenlight - Damion Searls and Joseph O’Neill on Nescio

    Damion Searls and Joseph O’Neill will be talking about the Dutch short story master Nescio (1882-1961) this evening at 7:30 pm at Greenlight Books. Almost unheard of in his lifetime, Nescio (pen name of J.H.F Grönloh) only wrote a handful of short stories, all of which deal with idealistic and artistic young men struggling to make their mark and change the world in a profound way. As Nescio and his characters age, their ambitions adapt to an acceptance of the compromises needed to live in the world, and while some characters can succeed in this, others cannot. Nescio wrote in a lyrical prose style that gives the modern English reader a beautiful portrait of a rapidly changing Netherlands, both Amsterdam and its more rural provinces, in the first half of the 20th century. Damion Searls, who edited our Thoreau’s Journal: 1837-1861, has translated Nescio into English for the first time, and Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland, wrote the introduction to our edition, Amsterdam Stories. It promises to be a fun event and great introduction to a wonderful writer.