WorldCat Identities

Colmer, David 1960-

Works: 66 works in 194 publications in 1 language and 7,141 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Novels  Thrillers (Fiction)  History  Poetry  Children's audiobooks  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author
Classifications: PT5882.12.A55, 839.3137
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about David Colmer
Most widely held works by David Colmer
The cat who came in off the roof by Annie M. G Schmidt( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minou, formerly a cat but now a woman with many cattish ways, helps Tibbs, a newspaper reporter, with information she gets from her many feline friends
A pond full of ink by Annie M. G Schmidt( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This delightfully humorous collection of poems offers children and the young at heart a refreshing, inventive look at the world from the well-known Dutch author, Annie Schmidt. Ordinary events and places become extraordinary adventures full of imagination
Ten white geese : a novel by Gerbrand Bakker( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales. She says her name is Emilie. An Emily Dickinson scholar, she has fled Amsterdam, having just confessed to an affair. On the farm she finds ten geese. One by one they disappear. Who is this woman? Will her husband manage to find her? The young man who stays the night : Why won't he leave? And the vanishing geese? Set against a stark and pristine landscape, and with a seductive blend of solace and menace, this novel of stealth intrigue summons from a woman's silent longing fugitive moments of profound beauty and compassion"--Back cover
The twin by Gerbrand Bakker( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When his twin brother dies in a car accident, Helmer is obliged to return to the small family farm. He resigns himself to taking over his brother's role and spending the rest of his days 'with his head under a cow'. After his old, worn-out father has been transferred upstairs, Helmer sets about furnishing the rest of the house according to his own minimal preferences. 'A double bed and a duvet', advises Ada, who lives next door, with a sly look. Then Riet appears, the woman once engaged to marry his twin. Could Riet and her son live with him for a while, on the farm? The Twin is an ode to t
The guard by Peter Terrin( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a post-apocalyptic world, security guards Harry and Michel, living in the basement of a luxury apartment building, are charged with protecting its wealthy residents. Over the course of one weekend, all the residents leave-- except for one man on the 29th floor
In Lucia's eyes by Arthur Japin( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucia, a servant girl, is engaged to a young man named Casanova, but flees when stricken with the pox, embarking on a wanderer's life for sixteen years until she is accidentally reunited with Casanova, who has become a legendary lover
The misfortunates : a novel by Dimitri Verhulst( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sobriety and moderation are alien concepts to the men in Dimmy's family. Useless in all other respects, his three uncles have a rare talent for drinking, a flair for violence, and an unwavering commitment to the pub. And his father Pierre is no slouch either. Within hours of his son's birth, Pierre plucks him from the maternity ward, props him on his bike, and takes him on an introductory tour of the village bars. His mother soon leaves them to it and as Dimmy grows up amid the stench of stale beer, he seems destined to follow the path of his forebears and make a low-life career in inebriation, until he begins to piece together his own plan for the future. Bringing to life the shambolic upbringing that The Guardian describes as, "the odd, ugly, excremental poetry of their grubby lives," The Misfortunates "can be unexpectedly tender as well as uncomfortably funny ... this novel continually surprises and intrigues.""--
I'll root for you and other poems by Edward van de Vendel( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paired with winsome illustrations, these poems will encourage readers to pursue their goals, try their best, and take pride in themselves, whether they win or lose."--Back cover
A dog like Sam by Edward van de Vendel( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kix and Emilia adopt a stray dog and name him Sam, even though their parents say they cannot keep him, but then Sam's original owner comes looking for him
The cat who came in off the roof by Annie M. G Schmidt( Recording )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minou, formerly a cat but now a woman with many cattish ways, helps Tibbs, a newspaper reporter, with information she gets from her many feline friends
Bare hands by Bart Moeyaert( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A boy confronts his mother's suitor on New Year's Eve when the boy kills the man's duck and, in a fit of anger, the man kills the boy's dog
The house of the seven sisters by Elle Eggels( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skillfully wrought and imaginatively told, this enchanting first novel is the story of seven mysteriously exotic women--orphaned sisters who run a bakery in 1950s rural Holland. Witnessed through the eyes of the oldest sisterUs daughter, it follows the siblings as they mature and eventually leave the bakery in search of self-fulfillment and love
Director's cut : a novel by Arthur Japin( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a true story, Japin's new novel is a tale of consuming love and artistic creation that reimagines the last romance of legendary filmmaker Federico Fellini
An untouched house by Willem Frederik Hermans( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this dark, unnerving work of wartime fiction, W. F. Hermans exposes humanity's essential savagery, barely concealed by its mores and morals. The year is 1944, and a Dutch partisan chances on an abandoned estate, where he decides to take refuge during a lull in the hostilities. The house seems untouched by the war, a kind of haven, its ornament and grandeur intact (not to mention its walls), clothes and sheets to spare, a kitchen stocked with food and drink. He settles in, and begins to consider himself the owner. When the Nazis recapture the village and come knocking, they similarly assume the house to be his; they assume, also, its spare rooms, which they outfit as barracks. It is all and well until the true owner and his wife return to their estate. Horrified at the thought of being caught in his subterfuge, our protagonist finds himself drawn into further deceit--and swept up in the violence that ensues. Civilization comes face-to-face with brutality, truth meets the duplicity that has upended and challenged its certainty--Hermans' prose searches for an order to the chaos and nihilism of war and life. What he cannot find is as telling as what he uncovers"--
Juni : roman by Gerbrand Bakker( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

June 17th 1969. Everyone is gathered in front of the Polderhuis to welcome Queen Juliana. The young sons of farmer Kaan wave their flags enthusiastically. Just as the monarch is getting into her car to leave, their mother and little Hanne arrive late. The Queen strokes the little girl's cheek and regally offers Anna Kaan her hand. It would have been an unforgettable day of celebration if only the baker hadn't been running late with his deliveries and knocked down little Hanne, playing on the roadside, with his van. Years later Jan Kaan arrives on a hot day in June in order to tidy his sister's grave, and is overcome again with grief and silent fury. An examination of how one tragic incident spread through a community, a family, and down the generations
Hornet's nest by Bart Moeyaert( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An attractive young puppeteer's visit to a small European village inspires fourteen-year-old Susanna to try to solve a neighborhood dispute over noisy dogs
Sam in winter by Edward van de Vendel( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When his dog Sam goes missing, Kix must enlist the help of an old enemy in order to find him"--
Tow-truck Pluck by Annie M. G Schmidt( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pluck has a little red tow truck. He drives it all over town looking for a place to live. Then Dolly the pigeon tells him that the tower of the Pill Building is empty. In the Pill Building, Pluck meets Mr. Penn and Zaza the cockroach. Pluck makes lots more friends and solves all kinds of problems. But the biggest problem is Dove Grove. It used to be a garden with tall trees, but it has been neglected and gone wild. Grown-ups never go there, but the kids from the Pill Building love playing there. But now the Park Superintendent has decided to chop down the trees to make a paved square. Pluck and his friends try to save Dove Grove. But first he has to rescue Longmount from the canal
Muidhond by Inge Schilperoord( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonathan has returned from prison to his almost deserted, run-down neighbourhood. He has returned to his mother, to his dog, to filling the days with walks on the dunes and caring for the fish he keeps in an aquarium in his bedroom--struggling, like him, to survive the oppressive summer heat. But there is a young girl with a chipped front tooth living next door, and feelings he thought forgotten are coming back to Jonathan. His growing obsession with her threatens to overwhelm his whole life, as well as hers, but he is determined to make the most of this second chance he has been given. He is determined not to let it happen again
Even now : poems by Hugo Claus( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beautifully translated from the Dutch by David Colmer, the IMPAC Award-winning translator of Gerbrand Bakker's The Twin, Hugo Claus's poems are remarkable for their dexterity, intensity of feeling, and acute intelligence. From the richly associative and referential "Oostakker Poems" to the emotional and erotic outpouring of the "mad dog stanzas" in "Morning, You," from his interpretations of Shakespeare's sonnets to a modern adaptation of a Sanskrit masterpiece, this volume reveals the breadth and depth of Claus's stunning output. Perhaps Belgium's leading figure of postwar Dutch literature, Claus has long been associated with the avant-garde: these poems challenge conventional bourgeois mores, religious bigotry, and authoritarianism with visceral passion. From the Trade Paperback edition
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In Lucia's eyes
In Lucia's eyesBare handsThe house of the seven sistersDirector's cut : a novelHornet's nest
Alternative Names
David Colmer Australian writer and translator

David Colmer australischer Schriftsteller und Übersetzer

David Colmer schrijver uit Australië

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