Dutch novelist Louis Couperus often employed epic narrative frameworks involving multiple generations and branches of a single family to explore timeless themes on a broad scale, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the canvas of a royal family would appeal to him on a creative level. In Majesty, Couperus portrays the inner lives of the ruling class with pathos and humor.
The final volume of Dutch writer Louis Couperus' sweeping, multi-generational Small Souls series, Dr. Adriaan brings the epic to a satisfying conclusion, with the sole survivors of the wealthy Van Lowe family picking up the pieces and finding their place in the brave new world that began to emerge as the nineteenth century drew to a close.
This gripping novel from prominent Dutch writer Louis Couperus caused quite a stir when it was published, provoking strong, divided reactions from critics around the world. Footsteps of Fate revolves around a strange love triangle that ends in unspeakable tragedy.
In The Hidden Force, Dutch writer Louis Couperus presents a prescient critique of European colonialism that was decades ahead of its time. The novel follows Dutch expat Van Oudyck in his life in Java, as he comes to grips with the damage wrought by Western incursions into foreign cultures, not only on a grand scale, but also within his own family.
This engrossing novel is part of renowned Dutch writer Louis Couperus' four-book series The Books of the Small Souls, which follows multiple generations of the Van Lowe family. Skillfully weaving influences ranging from Wagner to Tolstoy, The Twilight of the Souls documents brother Gerrit's descent into madness.
Published at the dawn of a new century as women's roles were rapidly shifting, Dutch writer Louis Couperus' novel The Inevitable presents a remarkably frank account of one young woman's liberation and sexual emancipation in the aftermath of a bruising divorce.
In the novel The Tour, Dutch writer Louis Couperus takes a sharp detour from his usual subject matter of psychological dramas set in early twentieth-century Europe to explore a story of lost love amongst the dusty byways and lavish compounds of the upper class in ancient Egypt.
Small Souls is the first novel in the tetralogy The Books of the Small Souls from famed Dutch writer Louis Couperus. The series follows the gradual disintegration of the once-powerful Van Lowe clan. In the scene-setting first novel, daughter Constance van der Welcke returns to the family after eloping against their wishes and tries to re-establish her place in the pecking order.
The novel The Later Life is the second of four books in Dutch writer Louis Couperus' tetralogy recounting the triumphs and tribulations of the wealthy Van Lowe family in nineteenth-century Europe. In the series, Couperus evolves away from the lyrical style of his earlier works to some degree and adopts a more realistic approach.
This compelling love story from Dutch novelist, playwright, and poet Louis Couperus uses a fraught, non-traditional romance between lonely widow Cecile van Erven and dashing Taco Quaerts as a means of examining important philosophical questions about the nature of love, happiness, and suffering.