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Dutch spoken book club starting October 31

After the success of the first two book clubs with Dutch books, Direct Dutch Institute organizes another book club, starting October 31.


In three meetings we will discuss the book ‘Het Dwaallicht’ (the will o’ the wisp) by Willem Elsschot. This is the last and shortest novel of an ingenious writer and poet (1882 -1960). ‘Het Dwaallicht’ is a masterpiece, written in 1946 but still very topical and humorous. The book club is suitable for intermediate and advanced students of Dutch, the discussions are completely in Dutch.

> What? Direct Dutch book club: Het Dwaallicht by Willem Elsschot (1946), hosted by Ruud Hisgen

> When? Thursday 31/10, 19.30-21.30 hrs (introduction) / Thursday 14/11, 19.30-21.30 hrs (discussion) / Thursday 28/11, 19.30-21.30 (final discussion)

> Where? Direct Dutch Institute, Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 275

> Interested? Mail hisgen[at] to sign up for all three meetings, maximum of attenders: 10.

Attending the book club is free. The book ‘Het Dwaallicht’ is for sale at good book shops such as Polare or Paagman or you can borrow it from the library. A good edition is ‘Het dwaallicht van Elsschot met stadswandeling’ by Eric Rinckhout, Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep, May 2010, prijs (euro 9,95). You can order it here.

In September Direct Dutch Institute organized two book clubs for expats with Dutch books for the first time. It was a succesfull and fun experiment for both readers and the teachers hosting the book clubs.