CHEESE. Willem Elsschot, Author, Paul Vincent, Translator, trans. from the Dutch by Paul Vincent. Granta $ (p) ISBN X. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Cheese by Willem Elsschot. Cheese. Willem Elsschot. Since its publication in English in , ‘Cheese’ has conquered the world with translations in almost 30 languages. The novella deals .

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Chefse suspect that there is a bit of Laarmans in everyone. Meanwhile, his offices fill up with a seemingly infinite supply of the distinctive red-skinned cheeses, which he has no idea how to sell.

In an odd move, Vincent places “The Author’s Original Preface” after the novel’s last chapter, giving the impression of a modernistic coda. Laarmans is in way over his head, chdese he bumbles along, his heart not really in the whole hard-sell concept.

I stood in the middle of the cellar, like an instructor in a manege, keeping a close eye on everything until the last crate had been brought in. The complete review ‘s Review:. He places an ad for salesmen, but he never sells cheese, a product that he eventually admits his dislike for. Instead, he skips down to a bar and has a few drinks. A bit over halfway through this short novel, Frans Laarmans, an ineffectual clerk at an Antwerp shipyard, has visitors from his office.

Laarmans is a character that Elsschot used in his other big novel and again in his other books he wrotehe was considered to be semi biographical reflection of the man himself.

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I feel there is another level that maybe we miss that is some what Belgium humourI was reminded of what Jonathan meades observations about the odd ways belgium is so different yet so close to us the quirky way they have small museums for everything and the way each street is individual in their look. This is where the problems begin with this new job where in a chance to impress his bosses and prove that a simple clerk like him is worth the job. I not sure it fully works when I first mentioned I was reading this a connection on twitter said they had thrown it to elssfhot side half read.


Paul Vincent is an able translator.

This “Preface” is Elsschot’s treatise on style and tells an unusual chheese about blue skies and clouds. He has tried to keep his moonlighting as a cheese man secret so that he doesn’t loose his job. In fact, it heightens the realism. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. A winstons books winston speaks women in translation.

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Elsschot is one of the greatest twentieth-century Dutch-language writers and generation after generation has had the pleasure of rediscovering his small but masterly oeuvre. He works for the general Marine and Shipbuilding Company and, “getting on for fifty”, long reached as high a position and wage as he can expect there; in fact he’s expecting the gradual decline in his pay that is the norm at the company once an employee like him has made it this far.

He soon finds himself submerged in a bureaucratic nightmare as his complete incompetence becomes apparent. Originally published inthis classic Dutch comedy tells the tale of a determined but misguided marine shipping clerk enmeshed in a cumbersome cheese-centered farce.

The result was the delightful novel Kaas. Authors and translators Books. Share Print Tweet Email. Emma Mar 04, Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Laarmans’ neurotic panic will be familiar to anyone who’s ever felt surrounded by people who know their jobs better than you do: Cheese isn’t a broad comedy of errors, but rather a gentle, humorous story of small-time ambition faced with too grand an opportunity.

If the Dutch language willej add more amusing words to English, as it has with pinky, poppycock wlllem cookie, then we need more translations of Dutch fiction. The twenty tons were waiting for me on four trailers in the courtyard. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here We have not wil,em encountered any of the people named, but we get the idea of just how thrilling life is at their office.

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This is not going well.

He spends ages thinking up a name for his company, trying to find a typewriter, marvelling at his new telephone, writing advertisements for agents his own adverts impress him so much he feels like answering them himself. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Everyone eventually daydreams about leaving our daily jobs and making it on our own. Elsschot is considered one of the most distinguished twentieth century Flemish writers.

Laarmans has no idea how to go about this, and he hates cheese. Because then it will turn into a lecture. His novels are mainly characterized by a laconic, sparse and often cynical style, but are full of insight and humor.

I stood in the middle of the cellar, like an instructor in a manege, keeping a close eye on everything until the last crate had been brought in The wlilem pile of cheese he has to get rid cueese before it goes off. Litzka and Her Men. A succinct comic satire, its dry humor should be cherished and kept within easy reach on anyone’s bookshelf. Click here for more information. This Mr Van Sconnbeke comes from an old, wealthy family.

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Eventually, cbeese makes a small sale of two cases to the cheeseshop, leaving him still with tons in storage.

Although I only have a rough idea of how old exactly. This site uses cookies. But has a chance to further his career and becomes a merchant in a much larger company egged on by his posh friends to take the job.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. What had these disgusting cheeseworms done to this poor man?

Every sentence has the expressive power of pure poetry. I especially love the use of “cheesified,” a neologism that enriches the English language.