Grief, Frustration, and A Telephone Connection:

An Interview With Emma van Meyeren by Annika van Leeuwen On a Friday evening in the beginning of May, the RevUU team invited Emma van Meyeren to speak about her collection of essays Ook ik ben Stukgewaaid, which was published in November 2020 by Uitgeverij Chaos. Especially for RevUU, Emma translated part of her secondContinue reading “Grief, Frustration, and A Telephone Connection:”

Finding Wit in Worry: A Review of Jenny Offill’s Weather

by Annick Smithers In an interview with The Guardian, Jenny Offill expresses a feeling regarding the climate crisis familiar to many of us: why aren’t we more concerned about it? This disconnect between knowing what’s to come and policies seemingly lacking any sense of urgency is what inspired Offill’s latest novel, Weather – a must-readContinue reading “Finding Wit in Worry: A Review of Jenny Offill’s Weather”

Op zoek naar vervangende tekens voor rouw: Een recensie van Emma van Meyerens Ook ik ben stukgewaaid: Essays over rouw

Design: Kris van der Voorn Door Jane Singer Het boekje is klein, dun, en voelt licht in mijn hand, terwijl het onderwerp zo zwaar lijkt. Ook ik ben stukgewaaid: Essays over rouw is een bundel van drie essays over herinneringen, rituelen en rouwpatronen. Het boek beschrijft zichzelf als “een collectie van notities over aanhoudende rouw”. De essays biedenContinue reading “Op zoek naar vervangende tekens voor rouw: Een recensie van Emma van Meyerens Ook ik ben stukgewaaid: Essays over rouw”

“You just want our blood on this floor” Review of Namina Forna’s The Gilded Ones

By Alyssa Vreeken Namina Forna’s literary debut hit the shelves in February. With my thesis handed in and birthday around the corner, it seemed like perfect timing — except that my favourite bookstore was closed due to Covid, and also wasn’t receiving recent publications for their click and collect due to Brexit. In other words,Continue reading ““You just want our blood on this floor” Review of Namina Forna’s The Gilded Ones”

Mothers Are People Too, and They Deserve a Lollipop

by Annika van Leeuwen New authors are often bombarded with advice about plot structure and character building. An often repeated piece of advice about characters is that you need to think about what your characters want and what they need – and the discrepancy between these two. This, the helpful experienced author says, is howContinue reading “Mothers Are People Too, and They Deserve a Lollipop”

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga: An intense imagination of the self in the other

By Kris van der Voorn Imagine that you choose to read a story featured on the Booker Prize Shortlist. You decide to read Mengiste, or perhaps Cook. As you search for the right title however, you read about Tsitsi Dangarembga’s imprisonment due to a protest that calls on reform in Zimbabwe. You read that ThisContinue reading “This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga: An intense imagination of the self in the other”

We Are Far From Polished, Far From Pristine: The Impossibility of Finding a Perfect Translator

We Are Far From Polished, Far From Pristine: The Impossibility of Finding a Perfect Translator by Kayleigh Herber Ultimately, there is a sizeable chance that the “perfect” translator for any given book might not even be within the consciousness of the publisher because of the way the selection process typically takes place. For a periodContinue reading “We Are Far From Polished, Far From Pristine: The Impossibility of Finding a Perfect Translator”

Wreck or be Wrecked: Capitalism and the Ubiquitous Appeal of Millennial Fiction

Wreck or be Wrecked: Capitalism and the Ubiquitous Appeal of Millennial Fiction by Iulia Ivana The media is quick to designate writers of the contemporary moment as either too much, or not enough. We are the avocado toast generation, the internet proclaims. We are spoiled, rootless, and use too much irony as a way ofContinue reading “Wreck or be Wrecked: Capitalism and the Ubiquitous Appeal of Millennial Fiction”

The Giddy Relief of Reading Rebecca

THE GIDDY RELIEF OF READING REBECCA   (A conversation between the common reader and her brilliant friend)  by Maria Świątkowska It happens sometimes. In fact, it happens all the time. I’m reading a Classic. A Classic is supposed to pertain to humanity, of which I am a part. Which is to say: I am human. Or so I like to think.  AndContinue reading “The Giddy Relief of Reading Rebecca”