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Tomorrow Pamplona (Morgen zijn we in Pamplona) Jan van Mersbergen, 2007
190 pages, 46.000 words
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Tomorrow Pamplona | Morgen zijn we in Pamplona
Jan van Mersbergen

A boxer runs through the town. He runs along a street with tall houses on both sides. He shoots between the parked cars, runs straight across an intersection, takes a bike path, goes over a bridge and follows the tram rails round the bend, and every passerby will think he’s just raining, but he’s running faster than usual, his breathing is uncontrolled and his eyes are large.

Danny is hitching in the rain. His boxing career is over, he is desperate and looking for a new life. Robert is on his way to Pamplona on his annual visit to the bull-running when he picks up Danny from the roadside. Danny passively and silently accompanies him but has he made the best choice?

Praise for Tomorrow Pamplona:

‘No "grace under pressure". Rather, Danny and Robert, both alienated, replace normal feelings with their different obsessions.’
The Independent

‘An impressive work from a leading Dutch writer.’ –  Daily Mail

Tomorrow Pamplona lives up to its promises, an exciting, road movie of a story. Van Mersbergen writes in a penetratingly poetic, forceful sort of prose.’ – VPRO Gids

‘The sensual and yet tight style makes Tomorrow Pamplona an intense reading experience. You can feel something smouldering underneath those ordinary words, those short sentences.’ – De Morgen

 
 
Dedalus (Turkey)
Pamplona

Profesyonel bir boksör. Her şeye karşı hissettiği öfkenin, kendisini şiddet içeren davranışlara yönlendirdiği Hollanda’dan kaçıp Pamplona’ya giden bir boksör. Danny. Bunun için otostop çeker, Danny. Robertarabasını durdurur ve Danny’yi arabasına alır. Birlikte, Fransa yolculuğuna başlarlar. Pamplona, yukarıda birkaç cümleyle  anlattığımız şu koca roman, Danny’nin bakış açısıyla ulaşır bize. Roman boyunca karşımıza çıkan duru, kısa cümleler, otobanda uzun bir yolculuğa çıkmaya benziyor. Kesik, kısa frenlerle. Bir de sayfaları büyük bir heyecanla çevirmemizi sağlayan iki gerilim noktası var: Pamplona’da neler olacak ve Danny’nin parasız ve yanına hiçbir şey almadan Hollanda’ya geri dönmesine neden olacak olay ne?

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Gallimard (France)
Demain, à Pamplune

Un homme en tenue de boxeur fait du stop sur l’autoroute, à la sortie d’Amsterdam. Il est hors d’haleine, détrempé par la pluie et visiblement sous le coup d’une émotion violente. Robert, l’homme qui le prend en voiture, est en route pour l’Espagne, où il veut participer comme tous les ans à un traditionnel lâcher de taureaux dans la ville de Pampelune. Il comprend que Danny n’a pas très envie de se confier, mais il lui propose de l’amener avec lui malgré tout. Il lui prête des vêtements, et les deux hommes poursuivent le voyage ensemble, sans beaucoup se parler. Danny est submergé par des images, des souvenirs de Ragna, la jeune femme d’origine thaïlandaise qui travaillait pour son impresario de boxe.

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Kunstmann (Germany)
Morgen sind wir in Pamplona

Ein Mann rennt durch die Stadt. Passanten halten ihn an, Bist du nicht Danny der Boxer?, doch er läuft weiter. Im strömenden Regen kommt er an der Auto­bahnauffahrt an, wird schließlich von einem einsamen Fahrer mitgenommen. Wie heißt du? Danny. Robert.Wohin? Egal. Robert ist auf dem Weg nach Pamplona zum berühmten Stierlauf, wie jedes Jahr. Er stellt Fragen, freut sich auf die Flucht aus dem Alltag, die Mut­probe, das Abenteuer.

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Peirene Press (United Kingdom)
Tomorrow Pamplona

A story about anger, aggression and the desire for intimacy by a rising star of modern Dutch literature. A professional boxer and a family man meet by chance on a journey to the Pamplona Bull Run. The boxer is fleeing an unhappy love. The father hopes to escape his dull routine. Both know that, eventually, they will have to return to the place each calls “home”.

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Other titles by Jan van Mersbergen:
 
The Blind Spot
The Rat in Heaven
> Tomorrow Pamplona
How it Starts
To the Other Side of the Night
The Grass Eater
The Last Escape
The Rider
 
 
 
Rights sold to:
   
- France (Gallimard)
- Germany (Kunstmann)
- Turkey (Dedalus Kitap)
- United Kingdom (Peirene Press)
- Film rights (First Born Films)
 
 
 
Nominated for:
   
- BNG New Literature Prize
 
 
 
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