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'The spring is new and new the sound it brings' - Herman Gorter, 'May', The Netherlands, 1889.

'How often she has now been listening
To the first bird song, when leaves jittering
And skittish flutter up for morning wind,
The swallow flight and buzz of bees begins.'

Photo: Hylke de Vries


'So fell a lot of flowers in the flow;
It took them with it, stuck them to the bounds
Of the estates, and Holland soon was found
Alight with little flames. The pastures' whiff
Fills sails of ships, and rich blossoms adrift
On wind adorn the orchard trees for miles,
No burden to them, they'll jus...

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Review by Lloyd Haft (poet and translator)

M. Kruijff has captured the rhythm, and with it the spirit, of Gorter’s timeless spellbinder. The reader is drawn almost breathlessly onward through magnificent word-groups...'the water seethed in its eternal flames'..., 'in the glittering of mother gle...

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Reviews and errata to May now available

An overview of reviews and errata to the first edition of May can be found on below link.

Illustration: Cisca Baars.

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Book Review ‘May’ (abridged)

[...] Kruijff’s translation of Gorter’s Mei ably adds to the corpus of academic literature surrounding this important poet.
The translation has been done meticulously and sensitively, with great attention to detail and with a careful adherence to the principles that...

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May - An epic poem about youth (by Herman Gorter)

'May' describes the magical journey of adolescence against the background of Holland’s flowery dunescapes. In strokes of wonder-filled impressions a stunningly unspoiled girl, May, explores the promise of springtime and the intense spiritual life...

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"May" sales start in The Netherlands

Mar 19, 2021 – May 1, 2021

- The May Project -
English-language edition of "Mei" by Herman Gorter

Initiative: Michan Biesbroek
Translation: M. Kruijff
Illustrations: Cisca Baars
Cover design and illustration: Eva Polakovičová
Redacted by: Myrte Leffring, Vicky Francken and Anne Walter

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Herman Gorter (1864-1927)

Gorter was born into a simple family in a rural town in the northwestern Netherlands. His father, a pastor, died when he was only six years old. Still, Gorter received a good education, studied classical languages in Amsterdam and became a teacher at a Gymnasium.

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Epic Dutch classic 'May' now available

'The spring is new and new the sound it brings'.

After 132 years, the epic Dutch classic Mei by Herman Gorter is available to English readers as May, an epic poem about youth, a translation of Gorter's original that celebrates the carefree springtime of our lives. 

  • Hardcover Special Edition, in stock at Arimei. Order here. Includes original (Dutch) plus translator notes, 328 pages: 32,50. ISBN 978-90-831336-21.
  • Softcover, in shops in Netherlands and Belgium. Order here. Includes original (Dutch), 320 pages:  20,00. ISBN 978-90-831336-07.
  • Hardcover, in shops in Netherlands and Belgium. Order here, including original (Dutch) version, 320 pages:  25,99. ISBN 978-90-831336-14. 

How to get your copy:

  • Bookshops - additional discount for bulk orders : use the Contact button for bulk order (5 or more) or Special Edition. 
  • Ask for free  promotional material: orange  'Mei'  stickers and freecards, see below. 
  • Bookshops - regular orders : via the Centraal Boekhuis, delivery as of April 2, 2021. 
  • Private sales The Netherlands/Belgium: via Arimei BooksBoekengilde and (don't forget) your local bookstore, or use Contact button.
  • International sales (outside The Netherlands/Belgium): via webstores or use the Contact button to request an offer.

An overview of reviews and errata to the first edition is available here.

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