Paradise Lost, by Cees Nooteboom
Presentation of Paradise Lost, by Cees Nooteboom, the travelling Dutch writer.
Cees Nooteboom, from his real name Cornelius Johannes Jacobus Maria Nooteboom, was born in 1933 in the Hague, the Netherlands. As an adolescent, he had difficulty at school in an Augustinian Monastery. At 20 years old, he hitchhiked around Europe. This trip was the main subject of his first novel, Philip and the Others, published in 1955.
Passionate about Spain, Cees Nooteboom satisfied his passion for travel thanks to his job as a journalist for the Netherlands reviews, "Avenue" and "Elsevier". He travelled the world over, ceaselessly writing novels, travel stories, poems and philosophy. he received the Pegasus prize and the Aristeion prize in 1993 for The Following Story. Amongst his main novels, one can cite the collection Mokusei! A love story (1982), the novel All Souls' Day (1998), appeared with Editions Actes Sud (as Le jour des morts).
His novel Paradise Lost, appeared in 2006, following the wanderings of two Brazilian women of German origin and offered a reflection on the confrontation between tradition and modernism through the evocation of Australian aboriginal culture.