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Rilke, Ina

Works: 39 works in 211 publications in 1 language and 8,951 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Political fiction  Romance fiction  Historical fiction  Biography  Domestic fiction  Humorous fiction  Short stories  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Translator, Recipient, Illustrator, Correspondent
Classifications: PQ2664.A437, 843.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ina Rilke
Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress by Sijie Dai( Book )

36 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the height of Mao's infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for "re-education." The narrator and his best friend, Luo, guilty of being the sons of doctors, find themselves in a remote village where, among the peasants of Phoenix mountain, they are made to cart buckets of excrement up and down precipitous winding paths. Their meager distractions include a violin--as well as, before long, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when the two discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. While ingeniously concealing their forbidden treasure, the boys find transit to worlds they had thought lost forever. And after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, even the Little Seamstress will be forever transformed
Mr. Muo's travelling couch by Sijie Dai( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's over ten years since Muo has visited his native China. He's been in Paris, exploring his subconscious and devouring the works of Freud and Lacan. But he knew the idyll couldn't last. When Muo hears that his his first great love has been thrown into a Chinese jail for selling a newspaper article to the foreign press, he feels he must rush home and rescue her. He returns to a China where everyone is corruptible, provided you find the right bribe. Sadly, the $10,000 Muo offers Judge Di to free his beloved aren't enough. The judge, tired of cash and cars, orders Muo to bring him a virgin girl to satisfy his sexual predilection for the unsullied. Thus begins a series of hilarious adventures as Muo goes in search of a virgin, setting himself up as an itinerant interpreter of dreams and losing his own virginity in the process
The two hearts of Kwasi Boachi by Arthur Japin( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1837, two young African princes arrive at the Dutch royal court of Willem I. Sent by the King of the Ashanti as surety in a deal they have brokered over illegal slave trading, the two boys think they are there for a European education. But as time passes, they forget their native language and become exiles. This acclaimed first novel is based on a true story
Roads to Santiago by Cees Nooteboom( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roads to Santiago is Cees Nooteboom's passionate and beautifully written chronicle of Spain - its architecture, art, history, landscapes, villages, and people. Traveling from side road to side road, he discovers a profound and mysterious country not found in standard tourist guides. Nooteboom is continually seduced by an unknown name on a signpost, by what might be seen on the next hill or beyond a distant mountain. His destination may be Santiago de Compostela, but he
Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress by Sijie Dai( Recording )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During Mao Tse-Tong's "Cultural Revolution," intellectuals, doctors, lawyers and their children were sent to remote and primitive areas of China to be "re-educated." The narrator of this book and his friend Luo are both children of doctors who are undergoing their "re-education." Their sole distraction is the beautiful daughter of the local tailer. But then they discover a hidden cache of Western literature in Chinese translation, and they are transported to worlds they thought they would never see again
The virtuoso by Margriet de Moor( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A romance in 18th century Naples between a woman opera lover and a castrated opera singer. He is Gasparo, who as a boy underwent an operation to retain his high-pitched vocal range, a custom of the day. She is Carlotta, a married woman who knew him as a child. By a Dutch writer
News from Berlin by Otto de Kat( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"June 1941. Dutch diplomat Oscar Verschuur has been posted to neutral Switzerland. His family is spread across Europe. His wife Kate works as a nurse in London and their daughter Emma is living in Berlin with her husband Carl, a 'good' German who works at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Briefly reunited with her father in a restaurant in Geneva, Emma drops a bombshell. A date and a codename, and the fate of nations is placed in Verschuur's hands: June 22, Barbarossa. What should he do? Warn the world, or put his daughter's safety first? The Gestapo are watching them both. And with Stalin lulled by his alliance with Hitler, will anyone even listen?"--Publisher's description
A bed in heaven by Tessa de Loo( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kata, the daughter of a Jewish father who fled Budapest during World War II, is drawn to a young man named Stefan and later learns that he is her half brother, a situation that is complicated by their mutual attraction
Love's death by Oscar van den Boogaard( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the summer of 1973, Oda and Paul Klein's eight-year-old daughter, Vera, drowns in the neighbors' pool. Paul flees his grief by taking a military posting in Suriname. Seven years later, when he returns, a mysterious fire burns down the neighbors' house, and a young girl appears out of the flames. She is fifteen, as Vera would now have been. Paul and Oda agree to take her in temporarily feelingas if they have been given another chance to form a family."--Jacket
Beyond sleep by Willem Frederik Hermans( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De studiereis van een jonge geoloog naar Noorwegen wordt wetenschappelijk gezien een fiasco, maar leidt wel tot meer zelfinzicht
The darkroom of Damocles by Willem Frederik Hermans( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the German occupation of Holland, tobacconist Henri Osewoudt is visited by a man named Dorbeck. Dorbeck gives Osewoudt a series of dangerous assignments helping British agents and eliminating traitors. But the assassinations get out of hand, and when Osewoudt discovers that his wife denounced him to the Germans, he kills her too. At the end of the war Osewoudt himself is taken for a traitor and captured. He cannot prove that he received his assignments from Dorbeck. Worse, he cannot prove that Dorbeck ever existed
Eline Vere : a novel of The Hague by Louis Couperus( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louis Couperus was catapulted to prominence in 1889 with Eline Vere, a psychological masterpiece inspired by Flaubert and Tolstoy. Eline Vere is a young heiress: dreamy, impulsive, and subject to bleak moods. Though beloved among her large coterie of friends and relations, there are whispers that she is an eccentric: she has been known to wander alone in the park as well indulge in long, lazy philosophical conversations with her vagabond cousin. When she accepts the marriage proposal of a family friend, she is thrust into a life that looks beyond the confines of The Hague, and her overpowering, ever-fluctuating desires grow increasingly blurred and desperate. Only Couperus - as much a member of the elite socialite circle of fin-de-siecle The Hague as he was a virulent critic of its oppressive confines - could have filled this "Novel of The Hague" with so many superbly rendered and vividly imagined characters from a milieu now long forgotten. Award-winning translator Ina Rilke's new translation of this Madame Bovary of The Netherlands will reintroduce to the English-speaking world the greatest Dutch novelist of his generation. --Book Jacket
Marcel by Erwin Mortier( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A ten-year old boy lives alone with his grandmother in a Flemish village. Among the photographs his grandmother cherishes is a portrait of Marcel, who died young, far away. How did he die? The little boy is determined to find out. When he finds letters from Marcel in the attic, he decides to take them to school. He points excitedly to the letterhead - an eagle holding something in its claws. As his fellow pupils fall silent, the teacher explains that the symbol is a swastika. Undeterred, the boy decides that he must discover what became of Marcel. Marcel is an exploration of hidden pasts, of pride and shame - of the burden of guilt borne by so many in post-war Europe
Mr. Muo's travelling couch by Sijie Dai( Recording )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After years of studying Freud in Paris, Mr. Muo returns home to introduce the blessings of psychoanalysis to twenty-first-century China. But it is his hidden purpose--to liberate his university sweetheart, now a political prisoner--that leads him to the sadistic local magistrate, Judge Di. The price of the Communist bureaucrat's clemency? A virgin maiden. And so our middle-aged hero Muo, a Westernized romantic and sexual innocent himself, sets off on his bicycle in search of a suitable girl. Muo's quest will take him from a Chengdu mortuary to a rural panda habitat, from an insane asylum to the haunts of the marauding Lolo people. Along the way, he will lose a tooth, his virginity, and his once unshakable faith in psychoanalytic insight. But his quixotic idealism will not waver, even as he comes to see that the chivalrous heart may have room for more than one true love
My fellow skin by Erwin Mortier( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As Anton grows up, each tentative step on the path of adulthood brings knowledge, understanding and responsibility. Through the eyes of this impressionable and observant young boy we witness the loss of innocence as he comes to terms with time's passing and the inevitability of death. Anton finds solace in his friendship with fellow classmate Willem, and believes he has found a way to deal with his increasingly uneasy relationship with life. But this bond introduces a new emotional hurdle for Anton, an awakening love that gives him his own undiscovered identity and envelops him, like a second skin." "The sublety with which Erwin Mortier describes Anton's experiences and feelings makes this an extraordinary touching tale. As in his debut novel, Marcel, the author enters a child's mind with startling lucidity and tenderness. A young boy, stripped of the innocence of youth, finds himself emotionally stranded. But far from being a desolate novel, My Fellow Skin is a tale of love, innocence, protection and the painful loneliness when things fall apart."--BOOK JACKET
The teal lords by Hella S Haasse( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawn from real journals and letters, The Tea Lords transports the reader to the East Indies, into a colonial culture that rests on the quiet submission of the host population, the orderly haughtiness of the colonists and the back-breaking work done by both; a world with its own rich, distinctive scent
The black lake by Hella S Haasse( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A masterpiece of the literature of colonialism - the story of a strong but doomed and unequal bond between a Dutch boy and his Indonesian best friend
The foxes come at night by Cees Nooteboom( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the cities and islands of the Mediterranean, and linked thematically, the eight stories The Foxes Come At Night read more like a novel, a meditation on memory, life and death
Julia by Otto de Kat( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the moment he meets Julia, Christaan Dudok is dangerously close to love. But their first date is interrupted by S.A. Brownshirts storming into the cafe. It is 1938, and Germany is heading for war and fanaticism. Chris, a Dutchman, is both transfixed and appalled by the effect of Hitler's manic oratory on the people of Lubeck. The independence and freedom of thought that Chris finds so attractive in Julia lead her to emphatically reject the Nazi regime, and before long her courageous stance brings them both to the Gestapo's attention. Soon Chris is forced to make an impossible choice, the outcome of which he can only regret
My father's war : a novel by Adriaan van Dis( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in Holland shortly after the war, a young boy grows up an outsider in the midst of his family. Living in isolation among the sand dunes of Holland's North Sea coast, he looks on as his mixed-race half-sisters are mocked for their "blue skin", endures a bizarre and brutal military training at his father's hands, and wonders about the wartime hardships at the hands of the Japanese, experiences his family are never willing to discuss. Years later, the middle-aged son begins a quest into his family's past in Indonesia and the origins of his father's strange mix of charm and cruelty. Despite his sisters' denial and his mother's evasiveness, he learns of the incredible endurance of his father, one of the few survivors of Japanese wartime torture and finally begins to understand his family and their history
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Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress
Mr. Muo's travelling couchThe two hearts of Kwasi BoachiRoads to SantiagoBalzac and the little Chinese seamstressThe virtuosoA bed in heavenLove's deathBeyond sleep
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