By Maria Dermout
In Wild, Cheryl Strayed writes of The 10000 Things: "Each of Dermoût’s sentences got here at me like a gentle figuring out dagger, depicting a far away land that felt to me just like the blood of the entire areas I used to love.” And it's precise, The 10000 Things is without delay novel of shimmering strangeness—and familiarity. it's the tale of Felicia, who returns along with her child son from Holland to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, to the home and backyard that have been her birthplace, over which her robust grandmother nonetheless presides. There Felicia unearths herself wedded to an uncanny and unsafe global, jam-packed with secret and violence, the place gadgets inform stories, the lifeless come and pass, and the earlier is as effective because the current. First released in Holland in 1955, Maria Dermoût's novel used to be instantly well-known as a paranormal paintings, like not anything else Dutch—or European—literature had obvious sooner than. The 10000 Things is an entranced imaginative and prescient of a distant position that's as convincingly actual and intimate because it is unique, a publication that's instantly a lament and an ecstatic ode to nature and lifestyles.