“The first ten years of my life I was not black.” Thus begins this startlingly eloquent and beautiful tale based on the true story of Kwasi Boachi, a 19th- century African prince who was sent with his cousin, Kwame, to be raised in Holland as a guest of the royal family. Narrated by Kwasi himself, the story movingly portrays the perplexing dichotomy of the cousins' situation: black men of royal ancestry, they are subject to insidious bigotry even as they enjoy status among Europe’s highest echelons. As their lives wind down different paths–Kwame back to Africa where he enlists in the Dutch army, Kwasi to an Indonesian coffee plantation where success remains mysteriously elusive–they become aware of a terrible truth that lies at the heart of their experiences. Vivid, subtle, poignant and profound, The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi is an exquisite masterpiece of story and craft, a heartrending work that places Arthur Japin on a shelf that includes Joseph Conrad, J.M. Coetzee, Kazuo Ishiguro and Nadine Gordimer. From the Trade Paperback edition.
In November 1701, David van Nyendael, an envoy of the Dutch West India Company (WIC) was the first European to visit the royal court in Kumasi, capital of the emerging Ashanti empire in the hinterland of the Gold Coast. Three hundred years of Dutch-Ghanaian relations have passed since then. "Merchants, Missionaries and Migrants" focuses on various aspects of this long-standing and intricate economic, political and cultural relationship between the Ghanaians and the Dutch. Experts from Ghana, the Netherlands, Suriname and Indonesia present their research findings in fascinating histories. They describe a wide range of topics from Dutch-Ghanaian history: from the trade in gold, ivory and slaves to the cocoa trade; from liaisons between European men and African women in previous centuries to present-day Ghanaian migration to the Netherlands; from the involuntary migration of tens of thousands of slaves to the plantations in Suriname to the largely forgotten history of the African soldiers who sailed from Elmina to serve in the Dutch army in the East Indies; and from the role of Dutch geneva in Ghanaian ritual to the tragic story of Jacobus Capitein, the first black Christian minister to be ordained in the Netherlands.
This anthology examines Love's Labours Lost from a variety of perspectives and through a wide range of materials. Selections discuss the play in terms of historical context, dating, and sources; character analysis; comic elements and verbal conceits; evidence of authorship; performance analysis; and feminist interpretations. Alongside theater reviews, production photographs, and critical commentary, the volume also includes essays written by practicing theater artists who have worked on the play. An index by name, literary work, and concept rounds out this valuable resource.
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Every spring Parliament Hill bursts into bloom with Dutch tulips-Holland's gift to Canada for providing a safe home for Queen Beatrice and the little princess during WWII. Canadians have always had a special relationship with the Netherlands, and for those who wish to travel to this land behind the dikes, Lonely Planet has produced an outstanding guide. Whether you're planning a modest cycling holiday, or a deluxe tour of the five-star hotels, museums and opera house, this colourful guide covers all the bases.Campgrounds, cycling routes, entertainment centres and festivals, they're all here along with a special section on one of the country's enduring icons-the windmill. A handy Dutch language glossary, and the comprehensive coverage of notable historical figures from Erasmus to Mata Hari, will make travel-time pass quickly. For art-lovers there are plenty of tips on where to view the finest Dutch artists, from the Old Masters to contemporary giants like Mondriaan.
One small step for Hammond, one giant leap for road maps. Hammond enters the International Travel market with a line of road maps and atlases born of a century of cartographic excellence. Printed on quality paper and bound in attractive durable covers, these maps, deliver Hammond's renowned standard of cartography to the discriminating international traveler.