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Self-Portrait of an Other

Dreams of the Island and the Old City


Translated by David Colmer

Cees Nooteboom, best known for his novel The Following Story,is one of the most distinguished and significant authors living in the Netherlands today. Self-Portrait of an Other is one of the most unique and innovative works in his oeuvre. Written in response to and published together with a series of drawings by the Berlin-based artist Max Neumann, the book draws on Nooteboom’s personal reflections —his arsenal of memories, dreams, fantasies, landscapes, stories and nightmares— and presents a set of prose poems that complements and echoes Neumann’s work. Full of striking scenes and disturbing images, the poems, driven by the logic of dreams, create the self-portrait of the title.
Available now for the first time in English, Self-Portrait of an Other brings together both the images and the text inspired by them, creating an unusual and creative poetic collection.
Praise for Nooteboom
“[Nooteboom’s] books seem metaphors for art itself.”—Ed Park, Village Voice


76 pages | 33 color plates | 8 x 11 | © 2011

Art: Art--General Studies


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Cees Nooteboom's lucid poetry is paired with Max Neumann's series of abstract drawings to stimulate a creative experience while tapping into dreams, fantasies, realities, and the in-between. The prose complements the illustrations, reverberating off the brightly colored pages opposite.

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Self-Portrait of an Other by Cees Nooteboom
drawings by Max Neumann, translated by David Colmer

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