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."
This week, we look at a much anticipated exhibition, Slavery at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam... focusing on several works in the show and exploring the people—from enslaved men and women to wealthy Amsterdam denizens who benefit from slavery—who feature in the exhibition.
King Willem has had a busy day, having also attended the opening of an exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum ...The Dutch royal has had a busy day having also opened an exhibition - 'The Golden Coach'- in the Amsterdam Museum ... from the director of the Amsterdam Museum, Judikje Kier.
A new exhibition about the Dutch colonial past opened at the Amsterdam Museum featuring Queen Wilhelmina's 'controversial' golden coach, as seen on Monday ... The exhibition displays the coach for the first time since its renovation, which lasted five years.
... at the Amsterdam Museum exploring the Netherlands' troubled relationship with its colonial past ... Running until February, the Amsterdam Museum exhibition is aimed at "creating a show where everybody is welcome and can form their own opinions about the coach," Schavemaker said.
20 ...Next year brings the seventh Floriade to Holland, from April to October, and ScenicCruiseLine has incorporated the vast living laboratory of green technologies into several of its eight- to 11-day river cruises to and from Amsterdam. Gardens, lectures and exhibitions will mix with attractions that passengers can take in on daylong visits ... ....
Amba Gallery, a contemporary creative art space designed with local concept and materials to exhibit and promote local artistic collections to the world opens in Kempinski Gold CoastHotel... Boateng, who recently exhibited in UK, Amsterdam and Paris, dubbed the works ‘A New Decade’.
Residents of Amsterdam are being offered a free book which explores the city’s historical associations with slavery ... Just last month King Willem-Alexander, the country’s monarch, opened the first exhibition on the issue at the Rijksmuseum.
A new exhibition in Amsterdam reconstructs personal histories to confront the Netherlands’ extensive and little discussed involvement in the international trade of enslaved people during the colonial era ... .
For some artists, like Amelia Barkevich, the ArtWalk will be the first time their work will be on exhibit. The 20-year-old Amsterdam resident has enjoyed the act of creating, particularly three-dimensional works, for several years ...Bass are biting, and carp are spawningSchenectady ArtsWeek a mix of in-person, virtual eventsOn Exhibit.