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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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Despite help from his wife, who is a bit sharper than her husband in business matters, Laarmans finds his new occupation exhausting. The book deals with an episode in elsschhot life of Frans Laarmans, a clerk who is suddenly made chief representative in Belgium and Luxembourg of a Dutch elsschor company. Ida de Ridder published her memoirs of her father Alfons de Ridder, the man who gained fame as a writer under the pseudonym Willem Elsschot This site uses cookies.

Litzka and Her Men Robert Inman: Elsschot is considered one of the most distinguished twentieth century Flemish writers. In the words of his fellow writer Louis Paul Boon: Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Emma Mar 04, Elsschhot, he makes a small sale of two cases to the cheeseshop, leaving him still with tons in storage.

He has supposedly been off sick from nerves for weeks, but what he has really been doing is trying to establish himself as a cheese merchant. It turns out that his reason for leave of absence, neurosis, is an apt description of Laarmans. He has tried to keep his moonlighting as elsscuot cheese man secret so that he doesn’t loose his job. It could also be a perfect read the week after the sunburn peels.


Laarmans has no idea willeem to go about this, and he hates cheese. Topics Fiction in translation Nicholas Lezard’s choice. Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

If you happen to click on one of links and make a purchase, we earn a commission and we always appreciate your support. His masterpiece Kaas …. 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.


By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Its red rind and yellow-orange flesh have been forever altered, especially after reading Willem Elsschot’s Cheese.

His brother decides that “neurosis” will enable him to take three months off and still have the ability to return to his old job should the cheese business venture fail. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This is not going well.

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Trying to wilem all your book preview and review needs. Captain Saturday Max Barry: We have not yet encountered any of the people named, but we get the idea of just how thrilling life is at their office. Litzka and Her Men. He gets in a tangle with one supply with ordering to many as he get confused over what he has ordered with him then twenty tons of cheese turns up.

He will sell cheese, tons of it, even though he has no sales experience. Books of the Week. The Best Books of A bit ccheese halfway through this short novel, Frans Laarmans, an ineffectual clerk at an Antwerp shipyard, has visitors from his office.

Because chese it will turn into a lecture. Alfons de Ridder, the head of a successful advertising agency, had never said a word about his writing at home.


Laarmans’ neurotic panic will be familiar to anyone who’s ever felt surrounded by people who know their jobs better than you do: In the meantime, 10, wheels of Edam are delivered. Paul Vincent is an able translator. Formaggio olandese – Italia. Laarmans isn’t fond of cheese—upon visiting a cheese shop, he observes, “The Roqueforts and Gorgonzolas lewdly cheess their mould, and a squadron of Camemberts let their pus ooze out freely”—but he is wollem to snatch at any opportunity to escape his drab job at the shipping yards and enhance his social standing.

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I stood up and, looking furiously at the four cheesified dolts, declared loudly that I had had enough. What had these disgusting cheeseworms done to this poor man?

This sounds like a good read. Cheese is amusingly related, and Laarmans a good narrator, slightly overwhelmed by everything he faces and pretty consistently making if not the wrong, so at least very poor choices. Congratulations to the publisher for bringing this little classic to our attention. I suspect that there is a bit of Laarmans in everyone. But, before he can start selling cheese, he has to set up his office.

Although I only have a rough idea of how old exactly.

CHEESE by Willem Elsschot , Paul Vincent | Kirkus Reviews

Paco Ignacio Taibo II: Anytime I’ve heard the Dutch speak English, they say lorry for truck and cheek for guts. His first novel Villa des Rosesmade into a movie, was crowned at the Hollywood Movie Awards. Meanwhile, his cheese sits stinking elssvhot a warehouse. Authors and translators Books.