Amsterdam Stories easily merged with my own canon, like a flood born stream joining the river. I’ve mentioned ‘For Esmé – with Love and Squalor,’ but Nescio also reminded me of ‘The Hunger Artist,’ ‘White Nights,’ and the last few pages of The Great Gatsby. Stories like epic landscape paintings. Stories like a quiet chat on a river bank with a confidant. Stories like the foggy joyous hangover after a long night of tobacco-infused, coffee-fueled poetry. Beautiful stories. Love poems to life. Grönloh [Nescio’s real name] did not live the life of an artist, but Nescio has written one of the great apologies for art. We all struggle through the challenges of life; all the good mothers and fathers, all the diligent businessmen, all the fastidious bureaucrats, all the revolutionaries, all the mainstream politicians, all the over-read students, all the exhausted laborers, all of us. We rely on artists to remind us why that struggle is worth it.
— the last paragraph from a review of Nescio’s Amsterdam Stories in The Millions by Josh Cook. To read the rest of the review go here. This is the first English publication of Nescio’s work, translated by Damion Searls and with an introduction by Joseph O’Neill.