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Rilke, Ina

Overview
Works: 36 works in 187 publications in 1 language and 9,228 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Political fiction  Romance fiction  Biography  Domestic fiction  Bildungsromans  Historical fiction  Musical fiction  Motion pictures 
Roles: Translator, Recipient, Correspondent
Classifications: PQ2664.A437, 843.92
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ina Rilke
Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress by Sijie Dai( Book )

31 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 3,224 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 )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After years of studying Freud in Paris, Mr. Muo returns home to bring the benefits of psychoanalysis to twenty-first-century China and to somehow free his college sweetheart, now a political prisoner, a quest that leads him to the sadistic local magistrate
The two hearts of Kwasi Boachi by Arthur Japin( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 600 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
Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress by Sijie Dai( Recording )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 570 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
Roads to Santiago by Cees Nooteboom( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 558 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
The virtuoso by Margriet de Moor( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 383 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
A bed in heaven by Tessa de Loo( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 282 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
News from Berlin by Otto de Kat( Book )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 271 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
Love's death by Oscar van den Boogaard( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 243 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 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alfred becomes desperate and paranoid, suspecting the others are leagued in conspiracy against him and is before long approaching the limits of physical and mental endurance." "Haunted by the ghost of his scientist father, unable to escape the looming influence of his mother, and anxious to complete the thesis that will make his name, Alfred's preoccupations multiply in this wilderness. As, piece by piece, his equipment is lost or ruined and his thinking becomes ever more disjointed, he moves towards the final act of vanity which will trigger a catastrophe."--Jacket
The darkroom of Damocles by Willem Frederik Hermans( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een jongeman die tijdens de bezetting de opdrachten uitvoert van iemand uit de verzetsbeweging op wie hij sprekend lijkt, wordt na de bevrijding aangezien voor een verrader en tracht onmachtig en wanhopig het tegendeel te bewijzen
Mr. Muo's travelling couch by Sijie Dai( Recording )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After years of studying Freud in Paris, Mr. Muo returns home to bring the benefits of psychoanalysis to twenty-first-century China and to somehow free his college sweetheart, now a political prisoner, a quest that leads him to the sadistic local magistrate
Marcel by Erwin Mortier( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 136 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
The teal lords by Hella S Haasse( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 135 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
My father's war : a novel by Adriaan van Dis( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bleak novel on the Eurasian community in Holland. The protagonist--who is half-Dutch and, half-Indonesian--recounts the drama of his family, from life in the Dutch East Indies before World War II, through the Japanese occupation, to their second-class citizen status in Holland
Eline Vere : a novel of The Hague by Louis Couperus( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 121 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
The black lake by Hella S Haasse( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 106 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
Julia by Otto de Kat( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in pre-war Germany during the Nazi regime, Julia is the story of a life lived wrongly, of a love so great that it endures for decades - and yet still fails
The foxes come at night by Cees Nooteboom( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the cities and islands of the Mediterranean, and linked thematically, the eight stories in The Foxes Come At Night read more like a novel, a meditation on memory, life and death. Their protagonists collect and reconstruct fragments of lives lived intensely, and now lost, crystallized in memory or in the detail of a photograph. In 'Paula', the narrator evokes the mysterious, brief life of a woman he once loved; in 'Paula II', the same woman is aware of the man thinking of her. No longer a body, she is slowly fading into the distance, remembering the time they spent together, and his fear of the black night when the foxes appear. And yet the tone of these stories is far from pessimistic: it seems that death is nothing to be afraid of. Nooteboom is a superb stylist who observes the world with a combination of melancholy and astonishment. These stories are textured with humour, pathos and vast knowledge, the hallmarks of this outstanding and highly respected European writer
My fellow skin by Erwin Mortier( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My Fellow Skin is a beautiful, affectionate novel told from the point of view of an impressionable young boy. The novel opens before the boy can talk, and we follow Anton's first, tentative steps on the path to adulthood. He gradually begins to grasp an understanding of time and death, and when he goes to school he falls in love for the first time ' not with the schoolgirls his peers are interested in, but with his classmate, Willem. A gentle, protective relationship develops between them, and this gives Anton his own, new identity, his 'fellow skin'. But their love ends tragically, and Anton ultimately loses not only his love, but also his youth, the protection of his parents, and the old house in the village. He is left desolate
 
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Mr. Muo's travelling couchThe two hearts of Kwasi BoachiBalzac and the little Chinese seamstressRoads to SantiagoThe virtuosoA bed in heavenLove's deathBeyond sleep