Amsterdam is the story of a euthanasia pact between two friends, a composer and a newspaper editor, whose relationship spins into disaster.
The book begins with the funeral of artist Molly Lane. Guests at the funeral include British Foreign Secretary Julian Garmony, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday, and composer Clive Linley. The three share certain attributes: each has a very high opinion of himself, each was at some time Molly's lover, and each regards the dead woman's husband, George, with a mixture of amusement and contempt.
Clive and Vernon muse upon Molly's death. It seems she had some kind of rapid-onset brain disease (not specified) that left her helpless and mad. Neither man can understand her attraction to Julian Garmony, the right-wing Foreign Secretary who is about to challenge his party's leadership.
Clive returns home to continue work on a symphony he has been commissioned to write for the forthcoming millennium. Much of the work is complete, save the crucial signature melody. He resolves to go walking in the Lake District, as this tends to inspire him.
Brel worked on the song at his house overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the house he shared with Sylvie Rivet, a publicist for Philips; a place she had introduced him to in 1960. "It was the ideal place for him to create, and to indulge his passion for boats and planes. One morning at six o'clock he read the words of Amsterdam to Fernand, a restaurateur who was about to set off fishing for scorpion fish and conger eels for the bouillabaisse. Overcome, Fernand broke out in sobs and cut open some sea urchins to help control his emotion."
Last month, an audacious Orlando, Florida hosted a trade show with 5,000 participants. The event was jointly organized by three apparel industry organizations ... Shortly thereafter, TV FranceInternational will be staging its traditional Le Rendez Vous in Biarritz September 5-9 in person, followed by a live IBC exhibition in Amsterdam September 10-13.
The high school football game between Amsterdam and Albany, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed after a member of the Amsterdam team exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, the Greater Amsterdam School District announced Wednesday ... “Greater Amsterdam School District administrators ...
Conservators at the Nelson-Atkins have been studying Olive Trees, in association with the Van Gogh Museum, to prepare for an exhibition which will be held in Amsterdam and Dallas...We can report that Olive Trees has now been promised for two major exhibitions, both of which will will be shown in the US.
It will be exhibited next month in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Paris ahead of an auction scheduled on March 25 in the French capital ...Sotheby’s said the painting has been published in seven catalogues before but has never been exhibited ... It will be on display in Amsterdam on March 1-3, Hong-King on March 9-12 and Paris on March 16-23 ... .
Exhibition of the week. Psychedelic hallucinations of the London streets in lockdown that capture the sheer strangeness of our time ... Also showing ... • Modern Art online until 11 April ... Photograph ... It will be exhibited in London, Amsterdam and Paris before being sold by Sotheby’s in March when it is expected to fetch between €5m (£4.3m) and €8m ... Photograph.