A slim collection of novellas, short stories, and excerpts from an unfinished novel, Amsterdam Stories introduces English readers to the complete works of Nescio, one of the most beloved Dutch authors. Neither a particularly prolific nor commercially successful author during his lifetime, Nescio’s fiction now resonates as a love song to Amsterdam, a snapshot of The Netherlands in an era of profound change, and a bittersweet reflection on talent and youth fallen short of its promise.
— L Magazine reviews Nescio’s Amsterdam Stories, translated by Damion Searls into English for the first time (read the whole article here). Although unheard of during his lifetime and still today in the United States, he’s big enough in Holland to have an eponymous pedestrian and bicycle bridge, pictured above. How Dutch!