Dutch Writers and their Free eBooks

Most Popular Dutch Writers and Free E-Books

There are a healthy number of Dutch writers living in Netherlands. The Dutch make up about 29 million people. They have a number of subgroups: Gronings, Arubans, Bonairians, Curaçaoans, Sabans, St. Maarteners, St. Eustatians, Surinamese, Mennonites (including Russian Mennonites), Indos, Dutch Burghers, along with significant populations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The Dutch primary religion is: Christianity.

The most popular Dutch ebooks downloads are…

  1. Reconquista Cowboy – A drug-addicted and lost modern-day Cowboy feels obliged to fight the Mexicans when they invade Texas.
  2. Quanah Parker’s Hereford Bull – Quanah Parker must fetch his Hereford bull back when it’s stolen by corrupt Texas Rangers.
  3. McMurtry’s Typewriter – Thieves plot to steal Larry McMurtry‘s typewriters and Lonesome Dove memorabilia from the museum.
  4. Johnny Marijuanaseed – A kind hearted gentle soul spreads marijuana seeds.
  5. The Chinese Pope – The Vatican names a Cardinal the Pope, when he is imprisoned by the Communist Chinese.  (Dutch  Writers Prize, 2019)
  6. Tobit – A pious Jew in Amsterdam finds a daughter-in-law and confronts evil on a number of levels.
  7. Lenin’s Body – Two drunks steal the body of Lenin the night before it’s supposed to be buried.
  8. Yamashita’s Wedding – A conman and a notorious liar film four film and Yamashita’s wedding during the Battle of Manila.
  9. The Baseball Muse – A Japanese woman leaves a career as a geisha and rehabilitates troubled MLB baseball players.
  10. Streets of Manila – When a Mexican cartel sends an elite squad of hitmen to Manila, the President of the Philippines fights back!
  11. Permanent Girlfriend – The first Covid-19 Quarantine romantic comedy.
  12. Roosevelt Hotel – In the future, clones of celebrities are used like library books, people can some to the hotel and check them out like a book.
  13. The Truth about the Chupacabra – Texas professors learn the Chupacabra aren’t mangy coyotes but extremely shy extraterrestrials.
  14. The Tarantino Heist – A Tarantino look-alike makes a film in Russia.  (Dutch  Writers Prize, 2016)
  15. A Year in Russia Without Women – The men in Russia panic when ALL 72 million Russian women disappear.
  16. Verity’s Surfing Movie  – An Ivy League professor fighting Alzheimer’s moves to Southern to try to remember her surfer son.
  17. Unsolicited Material – Two screenwriters go to extraordinary lengths to have a producer read their script.
  18. Tupac Lives – Topac Shakur is discovered living on the streets of Las Vegas.
  19. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – All hell breaks loose in the Iraq war.
  20. The Puppy Mill – A dog show enthusiast is preyed upon by a corrupt sheriff’s deputy.
  21. The Weekender – A government teacher is framed and must serve weekend in the county jail… where he learns a few things.
  22. The Pirate Hunters – Navy SEALS don’t go on leave but chase Somali pirates.
  23. B-25 – POWs, in World War, must assemble a B-25 and escape Japan before August 6, 1945.
  24. The 10th Cavalry – A Black cavalry unit must fight Comanche, Confederates, starvation and thirst in West Texas.
  25. the little black dress – History of Russia as told be the owners of a dress handed down through the century.
  26. The Fisherman’s Wife – A Filipino must deal with the reality that his wife is becoming famous. (Dutch Writers Prize, 2017)
  27. The West Philippine Sea – A transgender woman is treated harshly but when her fishing boat is sunk she must chose to save the crew of let them drown..
  28. Slab City – Homesless and unfortunate souls live rent-free in the California desert.
  29. Sea and Sky – A Filipino tribe of young surfers adopt an older woman with Alzheimer’s.
  30. Oscar Night – An actress about to quit trying gets one last break, Oscar night.
  31. Second Grade – Islamic terrorists storm a small K-12 Oklahoma school, but the second grade resists.
  32. 500 MEALS – A resturanateur gives up cooking professionally to cook his father’s last few meals.
  33. The New Corporate Culture – Socialism runs amok in New York City.
  34. Comanche – Docudrama focusing on the Comanche native tribe of West Texas.
  35. Dersu – A Siberian hunter is mistaken for a reform politician in Russia.
  36. Donetsk – A Russian Admiral is assassinated in EXACTLY the same manner at John F. Kennedy was in Dallas.
  37. Escape of the Planter – Robert Smalls, an escaped slave, steals a confederate ship and delivers it to the North.
  38. Gelert and the Last Dog Show – A zombie apocalypse leaves only a few the young people to care for 700 dogs.
  39. Ghost Mayor – A ghost runs for mayor of Chicago.
  40. Anarene – Small town drug story.
  41. Gravestones – A high school science project leads to the shocking discovery of anti-Semitism in central Texas.
  42. Curators – Islamic librarians must move and hide millions of books before they are burns by fundamentalists.
  43. Lev – An autistic Moscow boy must find his mother in Leningrad when he KGB father is caught up in one of Stalin’s purges.
  44. Metro2 – When a Nazi army suddenly appears in contemporary Moscow, the President of Russia must seek shelter in the Metro.
  45. Moscow Rocks – An all-girl-band fights the government in Russia.  (Dutch  Writers Prize, 2015)
  46. Peter the Great Vampire Killer – Peter the Great fights vampires disguised as socialists and Swedes.
  47. Pray for Rain – When a West Texas rancher prays for rain, he receives a visit from a Hollywood starlet.
  48. Rumors – When an Afghani man is accused of helping the infidels, he must fight for his life.
  49. Salton Sea Pet Motel – A puppy mill is operating out of a pet motel in Southern California.
  50. Santa and the Pole Dancer – Christmas is almost canceled because of labor unrest at the North Pole.
  51. Inside-Outside USSR – A surfer is expelled from the USSR the same day Solzhenitsyn makes his flight.
  52. Barko Ng Republika Ng Pilipinas –  A new Filipina action hero (helicopter pilot) saves her island nation first from Chinese and then Irainian invasions.  (Dutch  Writers Prize, 2020)

Dutch people (Dutch: About this soundNederlanders) or the Dutch, are a West Germanic ethnic group and nation native to the Netherlands.[24][25] They share a common ancestry and culture and speak the Dutch language. Dutch people and their descendants are found in migrant communities worldwide, notably in Aruba, Suriname, Guyana, Curaçao, Argentina, Brazil, Canada,[26] Australia,[27] South Africa,[28] New Zealand and the United States.[29] The Low Countries were situated around the border of France and the Holy Roman Empire, forming a part of their respective peripheries and the various territories of which they consisted had become virtually autonomous by the 13th century.[30] Under the Habsburgs, the Netherlands were organised into a single administrative unit, and in the 16th and 17th centuries the Northern Netherlands gained independence from Spain as the Dutch Republic.[31] The high degree of urbanization characteristic of Dutch society was attained at a relatively early date.[32] During the Republic the first series of large-scale Dutch migrations outside of Europe took place.

The Dutch people are often seen as the pioneers of capitalism, and their emphasis on a modern economy, secularism, and a free market has been hugely influential worldwide.[33][34]

The traditional arts and culture of the Dutch encompasses various forms of traditional music, dances, architectural styles and clothing, some of which are globally recognizable. Internationally, Dutch painters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh are held in high regard. The dominant religion of the Dutch was Christianity (both Catholic and Protestant), although in modern times the majority are no longer religious. Significant percentages of the Dutch are adherents of humanism, agnosticism, atheism or individual spirituality.[35][36]

Ethnic identity

A typical November scene in the Dutch town Middelburg, Netherlands
The ideologies associated with (Romantic) Nationalism of the 19th and 20th centuries never really caught on in the Netherlands, and this, together with being a relatively mono-ethnic society up until the late 1950s, has led to a relatively obscure use of the terms nation and ethnicity as both were largely overlapping in practice. Today, despite other ethnicities making up 19.6% of the Netherlands’ population, this obscurity continues in colloquial use, in which Nederlander sometimes refers to the ethnic Dutch, sometimes to anyone possessing Dutch citizenship.[58] In addition to this, many Dutch people will object to being called Hollanders as a national denominator on much the same grounds as many Welsh or Scots would object to being called English instead of British.

The (re)definition of Dutch cultural identity has become a subject of public debate in recent years following the increasing influence of the European Union and the influx of non-Western immigrants in the post-World War II period. In this debate ‘typically Dutch traditions’ have been put to the foreground.[59]

In sociological studies and governmental reports, ethnicity is often referred to with the terms autochtoon and allochtoon.[60] These legal concepts refer to place of birth and citizenship rather than cultural background and do not coincide with the more fluid concepts of ethnicity used by cultural anthropologists.

Greater Netherlands
As did many European ethnicities during the 19th century,[61] the Dutch also saw the emerging of various Greater Netherlands- and pan-movements seeking to unite the Dutch-speaking peoples across the continent. During the first half of the 20th century, there was a prolific surge in writings concerning the subject. One of its most active proponents was the historian Pieter Geyl, who wrote De Geschiedenis van de Nederlandsche stam (Dutch: The History of the Dutch tribe/people) as well as numerous essays on the subject.

During World War II, when both Belgium and the Netherlands fell to German occupation, fascist elements (such as the NSB and Verdinaso) tried to convince the Nazis into combining the Netherlands and Flanders. The Germans however refused to do so, as this conflicted with their ultimate goal, the Neuordnung (New Order) of creating a single pan-Germanic racial state.[62] During the entire Nazi occupation, the Germans denied any assistance to Greater Dutch ethnic nationalism, and, by decree of Hitler himself, actively opposed it.[63]

The 1970s marked the beginning of formal cultural and linguistic cooperation between Belgium (Flanders) and the Netherlands on an international scale.

Religion
Main article: History of Dutch religion
Further information: Religion in the Netherlands
Prior to the arrival of Christianity, the ancestors of the Dutch adhered to a form of Germanic paganism augmented with various Celtic elements. At the start of the 6th century, the first (Hiberno-Scottish) missionaries arrived. They were later replaced by Anglo-Saxon missionaries, who eventually succeeded in converting most of the inhabitants by the 8th century.[79] Since then, Christianity has been the dominant religion in the region.

In the early 16th century, the Protestant Reformation began to form and soon spread in the Westhoek and the County of Flanders, where secret open-air sermons were held, called hagenpreken (“hedgerow orations”) in Dutch. The ruler of the Dutch regions, Philip II of Spain, felt it was his duty to fight Protestantism and, after the wave of iconoclasm, sent troops to crush the rebellion and make the Low Countries a Catholic region once more.[80] The Protestants in the southern Low Countries fled North en masse.[80] Most of the Dutch Protestants were now concentrated in the free Dutch provinces north of the river Rhine, while the Catholic Dutch were situated in the Spanish-occupied or -dominated South. After the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, Protestantism did not spread South, resulting in a difference in religious situations.

Religion in the Netherlands in 1849.
Roman Catholicism
Protestantism (Calvinist)
Contemporary Dutch, according to a 2017 study conducted by Statistics Netherlands, are mostly irreligious with 51% of the population professing no religion. The largest Christian denomination with 24% are the Roman Catholics, followed by 15% Protestants. Furthermore, there are 5% Muslims and 6% others (among others buddhists).[81] People of Dutch ancestry in the United States and South Africa are generally more religious than their European counterparts; for example, the numerous Dutch communities of western Michigan remain strongholds of the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church, both descendants of the Dutch Reformed Church.

Cultural divergences
One cultural division within Dutch culture is that between the formerly Protestant North and the nowadays Catholic South, which encompasses various cultural differences between the Northern Dutch on one side and the Southern Dutch on the other. This subject has historically received attention from historians, notably Pieter Geyl (1887–1966) and Carel Gerretson (1884–1958). The historical pluriformity of the Dutch cultural landscape has given rise to several theories aimed at both identifying and explaining cultural divergences between different regions. One theory, proposed by A.J. Wichers in 1965, sees differences in mentality between the southeastern, or ‘higher’, and northwestern, or ‘lower’ regions within the Netherlands, and seeks to explain these by referring to the different degrees to which these areas were feudalised during the Middle Ages.[82] Another, more recent cultural divide is that between the Randstad, the urban agglomeration in the West of the country, and the other provinces of the Netherlands.

In Dutch, the cultural division between North and South is also referred to by the colloquialism “below/above the great rivers” as the rivers Rhine and Meuse roughly form a natural boundary between the Northern Dutch (those Dutch living North of these rivers), and the Southern Dutch (those living South of them). The division is partially caused by (traditional) religious differences, with the North used to be predominantly Protestant and the South still having a majority of Catholics. Linguistic (dialectal) differences (positioned along the Rhine/Meuse rivers [sic].) and to a lesser extent, historical economic development of both regions are also important elements in any dissimilarity.

On a smaller scale cultural pluriformity can also be found; be it in local architecture or (perceived) character. This wide array of regional identities positioned within such a relatively small area, has often been attributed to the fact that many of the current Dutch provinces were de facto independent states for much of their history, as well as the importance of local Dutch dialects (which often largely correspond with the provinces themselves) to the people who speak them.[83]

Northern Dutch culture

Northern Dutch cultural area.[84]
Northern Dutch culture is marked by Protestantism. Though today many do not adhere to Protestantism anymore, or are only nominally part of a congregation, Protestant-(influenced) values and custom are present. Generally, it can be said the Northern Dutch are more pragmatic, favor a direct approach, and display a less-exuberant lifestyle when compared to Southerners.[85] On a global scale, the Northern Dutch have formed the dominant vanguard of the Dutch language and culture since the fall of Antwerp, exemplified by the use of “Dutch” itself as the demonym for the country in which they form a majority; the Netherlands. Linguistically, Northerners speak any of the Hollandic, Zeelandic, and Dutch Low Saxon dialects natively, or are influenced by them when they speak the Standard form of Dutch. Economically and culturally, the traditional centre of the region have been the provinces of North and South Holland, or today; the Randstad, although for a brief period during the 13th or 14th century it lay more towards the east, when various eastern towns and cities aligned themselves with the emerging Hanseatic League. The entire Northern Dutch cultural area is located in the Netherlands, its ethnically Dutch population is estimated to be just under 10,000,000.[note 2] Northern Dutch culture has been less influenced by French influence than the Southern Dutch culture area.[86]

Frisians
Main articles: Frisians, Friesland, and West Frisian language
Frisians, specifically West Frisians, are an ethnic group present in the north of the Netherlands, mainly concentrated in the province of Friesland. Culturally, modern Frisians and the (Northern) Dutch are rather similar; the main and generally most important difference being that Frisians speak West Frisian, one of the three sub-branches of the Frisian languages, alongside Dutch, and they find this to be a defining part of their identity as Frisians.[87]

West Frisians are a part of the Interfrisian Council, established in 1956, which works to promote and develop linguistic and cultural ties across the wider area of Frisia. The council also calls upon the German and Dutch governments to promote the language and culture in respective regions.[87]

According to a 1970 inquiry, West Frisians identified themselves more with the Dutch than with East Frisians or North Frisians.[88] A study in 1984 found that 39% of the inhabitants of Friesland considered themselves “primarily Frisian,” although without precluding also being Dutch. A further 36 per cent claimed they were Dutch, but also Frisian, the remaining 25% saw themselves as only Dutch.[89] Nevertheless Frisians are not disambiguated from the Dutch people in Dutch official statistics.[90]

Many West Frisians maintain cultural ties with the other Frisian groups in nearby areas, and across national borders.[91]

Interestingly, in the Netherlands itself “West-Frisian” refers to the Hollandic dialect spoken in the northern part of the province of North-Holland known as West-Friesland, as well as “West-Frisians” referring to its speakers, not to the language or inhabitants of the Frisian part of the country. Historically the whole Dutch North Seacoast was known as Frisia until the incursion of what would become known as the South Sea (nowadays called IJsselmeer) in the early Middle Ages. Current day Friesland became separated from wat is now known as North-Holland, but the Frisian influence lasted longest in the northernmost, hence most isolated part, and is apparently still recognizable today.

Southern Dutch culture

Southern Dutch cultural area.[84]
The Southern Dutch sphere generally consists of the areas in which the population was traditionally Catholic. During the early Middle Ages up until the Dutch Revolt, the Southern regions were more powerful, as well as more culturally and economically developed.[85] At the end of the Dutch Revolt, it became clear the Habsburgs were unable to reconquer the North, while the North’s military was too weak to conquer the South, which, under the influence of the Counter-Reformation, had started to develop a political and cultural identity of its own.[92] The Southern Dutch, including Dutch Brabant and Limburg, remained Catholic or returned to Catholicism. The Dutch dialects spoken by this group are Brabantic, South Guelderish, Limburgish and East and West Flemish. In the Netherlands, an oft-used adage used for indicating this cultural boundary is the phrase boven/onder de rivieren (Dutch: above/below the rivers), in which ‘the rivers’ refer to the river Rhine and Meuse. Southern Dutch culture has been influenced more by French culture, as opposed to the Northern Dutch culture area.[86]

Flemings
Main article: Flemish
Within the field of ethnography, it is argued that the Dutch-speaking populations of the Netherlands and Belgium have a number of common characteristics, with a mostly shared language, some generally similar or identical customs, and with no clearly separate ancestral origin or origin myth.[93]

However, the popular perception of being a single group varies greatly, depending on subject matter, locality, and personal background. Generally, the Flemish will seldom identify themselves as being Dutch and vice versa, especially on a national level.[94] This is partly caused by the popular stereotypes in the Netherlands as well as Flanders, which are mostly based on the “cultural extremes” of both Northern and Southern culture, including in religious identity. Though these stereotypes tend to ignore the transitional area formed by the Southern provinces of the Netherlands and most Northern reaches of Belgium, resulting in overgeneralizations.[95] This self-perceived split between Flemings and Dutch, despite the common language, may be compared to how Austrians do not consider themselves to be Germans, despite the similarities they share with southern Germans such as Bavarians. In both cases, the Catholic Austrians and Flemish do not see themselves as sharing the fundamentally Protestant-based identities of their northern counterparts.

In the case of Belgium, there is the added influence of nationalism as the Dutch language and culture were oppressed by the francophone government. This was followed by a nationalist backlash during the late 19th and early 20th centuries that saw little help from the Dutch government (which for a long time following the Belgian Revolution had a reticent and contentious relationship with the newly formed Belgium and a largely indifferent attitude towards its Dutch-speaking inhabitants)[96] and, hence, focused on pitting “Flemish” culture against French culture, resulting in the forming of the Flemish nation within Belgium, a consciousness of which can be very marked among some Dutch-speaking Belgians.[97]

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