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I was never in much doubt about this. But to clear one item out of the way, I am disqualifying the top book by ownership which is tagged "Netherlands" on GoodReads because only a small section (though important for the story) is set in Amsterdam; it is mostly about teenagers suffering from cancer in Indianapolis. It was published in 2012 and the film adaptation came out last year. It is:

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

Excluding that, there is a very clear winner by ownership on both LT and GR, also tagged "Netherlands" most on GR and second-most on LT, a non-fiction memoir of living in Amsterdam in desperate and tragic circumstances, written in 1942-44 and published in 1947, two years after the author's death in Belsen. I suspect that she is the youngest writer who will feature in any of these posts, by quite a long way. I'm actually in the middle of reading it in the original Dutch at the moment. Needless to say, it is:

The Diary of a Young Girl / Het Achterhuis, by Anne Frank

One other book worth noting here is the one most often tagged "Netherlands" on LibraryThing, and with second most readers after the 1940s memoir. It's a novel set in Delft around the life of Vermeer, ie the seventeenth century, published in 1999 and adapted for film in 2003. It is:

Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

The best-known work of fiction, as opposed to non-fiction, by a Dutch writer set in the Netherlands appears to be a 2009 novel about two brothers out for dinner with their wives, discovering that their sons have done something dreadful. Apparently Cate Blanchett is even now directing an English-language film version. It is:

Het Diner / The Dinner, by Herman Koch.


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Feb. 13th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure if Anne Frank's Diary would count for something like this, but it was my first thought. I'm not sure if it was just my school, but we read it for English in Year 8 (age 12-13).
Feb. 13th, 2015 08:37 pm (UTC)
We certainly didn't read it for school.
Feb. 13th, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
What does the Dutch title of Anne Frank's diary mean? "House No. 8"?
Feb. 14th, 2015 09:08 am (UTC)
Literally "the house behind", usually translated in this case as "the Secret Annexe".
Feb. 14th, 2015 09:13 am (UTC)
Not "acht" but "achter" = behind. :-) Generally, a house that's stuck to the back of one that's street-facing.
Feb. 14th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
Anne Frank was my immediate thought. Very curious if it seems different in the original...
Feb. 14th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
And does I it have the alleged expurgated lesbian leanings?
Feb. 14th, 2015 09:12 am (UTC)
I'm preparing a post on the differences between the texts, but I certainly remember a passage like that dated 5 January 1944 from the version I read as a teenager. Some interesting parts were indeed expurgated from the first publication, but I don't think that was one of them.
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