Hester Velmans is an award-winning translator of contemporary Dutch and French literature, and the author of the popular children's books Isabel of the Whales and Jessaloup's Song.
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WINNIE AND THE INNOCENCE OF THE WORLD by Joost Zwagerman
Short story translated from the Dutch by Hester Velmans
Ten minutes ago Winnie was still thinking the world should simply end. This morning she had a fight with someone I don’t know. I expect it’s one of those clever dicks trying to claw their way up the ladder at that rubbish advertising company that has taken her on as a temp. The spat wasn’t serious, but believe me, less significant incidents have been known to send Winnie into a broody spin over corruption, mortal sin, violent revolution, environmental disaster and total annihilation. Winnie is one of those people who at the first little setback console themselves with the thought that everything on earth will inevitably come to a crashing end.
Isabel of the Whales is now available as an audio book on Audible.com. Recorded at BMA Studios and read with spirit and spark by Hāna Kenny. READ MORE