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Hot Spot: National Book Week!

text from the 6th dynasty (ca. 2345-2195 B.C.) chiselled in carefully executed hieroglyphs in limestone. Collection Allard Pierson Museum.

Lectori Salutem

On Tuesday 15 March Freek de Jonge will open the traditional Book Ball in theatre Carré in Amsterdam. It marks the beginning of the 65th National Book Week, which this year is called Lectori Salutem and focuses on classical antiquity.

The writer of the annual book week gift, given to anyone who spends at least f 24,50 on books during book week (Tuesday 15 March until Saturday 25 March), is Harry Mulisch. In Het theater, de brief en de waarheid he tells his story about the commotion created in 1987 by the performance of the play Der Muell, die Stadt und der Tod by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Another special book week publication besides the book week gift is the CD-rom Lectori Salutem, which contains an extensive bibliography of all "classical books" which are still available, from translations of Epicurus to travel guides of Greece.

During book week there are numerous literary activities. Freek de Jonge, for example, is touring the country with the opening program of the Book Ball, The comedian, the book week gift and the lie.


Last modified: 1 March 2000   Golden oldies
Editor: Betty van Wonderen

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