Niña Weijers makes the list of nominees for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Awards for her debut novel The Consequences: “Intelligently written, full of surprises and with lots of twists. An ode to art. Wonderfully crafted, this debut is full of ideas and has an intelligent story.” Read the full announcement, including all statements from nominating librarians here.
A new review on The Common by Olga Zilberbourg highlights many feminist themes in The Consequences and the urgency to address issues of gender disparity in the art world: “I found the read to be so exhilarating that as the book drew to its close, it took effort to return to the question about the nature of Minnie Panis’s disappearances. The question: … Continue reading
Among a list of 20 outstanding translated books, DoppelHouse has two works of fiction recommended to book clubs by Ingram: From Germany: The Abolition of Species has been recommended by Library Journal for readers of Frank Herbert (Dune) and George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones). From the Netherlands: The Consequences has been called “a true must-read.. imagine a work by … Continue reading
The notion that existence is ephemeral, flickering like a light bulb about to burn out, permeates the idea of contemporary culture that the author articulates throughout the novel. Its reach is both broadly horizontal, defining the production of the art world in which Minnie lives and works, and deeply vertical: it touches quotidian life in … Continue reading
“The Consequences is in part about and part of the art world’s commodification of resistance. But it is also about the relationship of an artist to their art, and of the struggles of artists to represent what is absent. […] That The Consequences is populated by many well known artists and illuminated by the description of their artworks is a beautiful treat for the part of the reader that loves learning about art history.” Continue reading
A sensitive and erudite exploration of the tangled relationships between synchronicity, identity, life, and art. Continue reading
The Consequences appears in World Literature Today’s January/February 2018 issue in the Nota Bene section. WLT writes: “In this sharp book of wry commentary, Minnie’s newfound fame and haunting past come together to explore the nuances of intimacy and identity.” Read the full review: http://www.doppelhousepress.com/Weijers-World-Literature-Today_Jan18-page91.pdf
The Literary Review (TLR): “The Consequences is reminiscent of Milan Kundera. Yet where Kundera employs himself as the didactic narrator, Weijers puts existential insights directly into the minds of her characters. The result is a much less controlled narrative, one which leaps from thought to thought without ever venturing an answer, and whose characters emerge as … Continue reading
“Minnie Panis is a Dutch artist of growing international reputation. One day, she opens Vogue and finds nearly nude photographs of herself featured in a fashion spread. She did not agree to pose for these pictures, and yet she instantly knows where they came from: a photographer she’d been sleeping with had betrayed her and … Continue reading
“Weijers masterfully slips back and forth between the (temporal) present and various pasts in Minnie’s life, elaborating on her disappearances and her sadness. … Weijers’ literary inspiration comes from Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, but she leaves Beckett’s futility behind to deliver a deeply compelling search for meaning that at times turns on the slightest connections—like the fleeting … Continue reading
Garry Craig Powell writes: “This novel is a true must-read, and Weijers is an author all literate readers should discover. […] The Consequences is an astonishing book, shimmering with wit, wisdom, and beauty.” Read the full review at Rain Taxi.
Sharp, intimate, and curious. – The Riveter Magazine, Riveting Books by Women Continue reading