I, Jan Cremer : an Autobiographical Novel by Jan Cremer With an Introduction by Seymour Krim
New York : Shorecrest, 1965. First American Edition. Hardcover. 312 pages : 21 cm. In original $4.95 dust jacket. Previous owner name written on front free endpaper. Otherwise, this is a gently used copy with solid binding, and no marking in book.
I, Jan Cremer
an autobiographical novel
With an Introduction by Seymour Krim
"Jan Cremer at the age of twenty-five can rank unashamedly as the crazy sixties' brilliant illegitimate son of such giants of imaginative autobiography as Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Henry Miller, Jean Genet and Maxim Gorki." His autobiographical novel is at once two things: a blazing, brazen confession of revolt against convention and, at the same time, a terrifying document of life in today's Europe. Unburdened by culture or religion, Cremer composes his own catechism of life as he speaks out for Europe's restless, running postwar generation, a generation without conscience or identity.
In these ribald, brawling pages the author unfolds a lifetime of adventure unmatched in contemporary writing. He is sailor, smuggler, pimp, prisoner, soldier, parasite and artist as well as son, lover, rabble-rouser and tyrant as he fights, drinks, paints and loves his way through welfare homes, youth prisons, art schools, barracks and bedrooms from Amsterdam to Leningrad. Ignoring national borders, conventions and regulations, he is the supreme master of the unexpected; the unbridled, fearless romantic hero of all time; the Flying Dutchman of old on a hopped-up motorcycle.
With this novel, Jan Cremer, the most hated and loved man in his own country, in-augurates the hard-fist school of "action-writing," characterized by "the unconscious honesty that. .. rises to the inspiration of what used to be called genius before the word became debased." I JAN CREMER is an unprecedented bestseller in Holland, where it first rocked the world and sold over a quarter of a million copies—a figure topped only by the Bible. This international sensation of the sixties is being translated into fourteen languages for publication in England, France, Germany, Italy and eighteen other countries.
As Adriaan Morrien, one of Holland's leading critics, writes in Het Parool: "Jan Cremer can write and he realizes where his strength lies, just as a boxer does. His fist is strong, and in one blow he puts a lot of books out of action. He leaves it to the sensitive, playful, experimenting, great and literary men to restore the damage."
"I'm going to the United States! I'm too much for Europe," bragged Holland's enfant terrible (Esquire, June 1965). Cremer is now living in New York, enjoying his international successes and savoring the endless divertissements of America. He is looking forward to the day when he will watch his favorite of all heroes, Jan Cremer, on movie screens around the globe, with explosive subtitles in every language.
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