The grapevine plays an important role in the novel Weinkrampf!. Peter Schlemihl will sometimes dwell about Dutch tabloids like Story and the Privé. The in these gossip magazines portrait artists and well known dutchmen like Linda de Mol, Albert Verlinde and Gordon with his Toppers, form a welcome conversation topic in the novel Weinkrampf!. The story is sometimes an inextracible tangle of fact, fiction, gossip and fantasy. Sometimes certain episodes looks like coming from the tabloids themselves. But also socalled critical cabaret performers don't escape the fileting knife used by Peter Schlemihl in Weinkrampf!.
The novel makes a hilarious record of todays Holland: a country torn apart in politics and religion. Most books have a certain theme, also Weinkrampf!. Perhaps there is even talk of more then one theme, subthemes so to say. But there is only one central theme. When as a reader you think about the book, you know inmediately that the whole book is about the journey to the springs of evil, the evil in man and the evil in the history of mankind, all parts of the story are part of that one thing.
This evil is being symbolized by the dealing of the writer Peter Schlemihl with a second book in Weinkrampf!: Adolf Hitlers political manifesto Mein Kampf. Maybe the most notorious book of the last century and still forbidden in many countries. A lof of people have an opinion about this book, but few have ever red it. Peter Schlemihl is going over the book, while sailing in the direction of the springs of evil in the rubber dinghy of Survival.org., from the end to the beginning.
The participants, jews from Amsterdam are not in the least insulted, after all they have chosen for the theme of "war" at Survival.org.
Talking about books there is only one possible conclusion concerning the novel Weinkrampf!:
Sensational and Controversial
You can have an opinion about nearly everything in life, so also about literature. You can find a book good written or bad. You can fly through it or stick at the first page. For several reasons Weinkrampf! appeals to the reader. One must have a position: Am I before or against this novel? More simple a writer can't make it for his readers. They can read about books, talk about them, like critics do, often with the tone of a wise guy, but about a book like Weinkrampf! they must have an opinion of there own.
Peter Schlemihl brings up to many tricky themes in the story: royal house of Holland, Second World War, Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, Judaism, todays Holland, Pim Fortuyn, tabloids, cabaret, depreciated artists, writers like Mulisch, Reve and Zwagerman. A colorful parade whether or not controversial Dutchman in politics and art, which a novel like Weinkrampf! is all about. They all pass the revu in the boat of Survival.org. Join them and read the novel.
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