HF Young Bookclub

HF Young Bookclub

In the run-up to the Holland Festival, HF Young is organizing a number of events, such as discussions, talks, parties and other activities to contextualize the festivals programme. For this years HF Young Bookclub, three books have been selected that relate to performances and themes in the Holland Festival programme of 2022.


This year, we are reading the following books:

Homegoing  – Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

"..Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.”

Read along! We discussed this book during our first HF Young Bookclub meeting on the 27th of March, but don't worry, there's still time to catch up. Read the book and share your thoughts with us!

L’Etranger / The Stranger – Albert Camus

L’Etranger / The Stranger – Albert Camus

".. In The Outsider (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the alienation of an individual who refuses to conform to social norms. Meursault, his anti-hero, will not lie. When his mother dies, he refuses to show his emotions simply to satisfy the expectations of others. And when he commits a random act of violence on a sun-drenched beach near Algiers, his lack of remorse compounds his guilt in the eyes of society and the law. Yet he is as much a victim as a criminal. Albert Camus' portrayal of a man confronting the absurd, and revolting against the injustice of society, depicts the paradox of man's joy in life when faced with the 'tender indifference' of the world.”

Read along and discuss with us! On the 28th of May we will discuss this book at the next HF Young Bookclub meeting - sign up here.

The Mersault Investigation – Kamel Daoud

The Mersault Investigation – Kamel Daoud

“... He was the brother of 'the Arab' killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus's classic novel. Angry at the world and his own unending solitude, he resolves to bring his brother out of obscurity by giving him a name - Musa - and a voice, and by describing the events that led to his senseless murder on a dazzling Algerian beach. A worthy complement to its great predecessor, The Meursault Investigation is not only a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria, but also a stunning work of literature in its own right, told in a unique and affecting voice."

Read along and discuss with us! On the 28th of May we will discuss this book at the next HF Young Bookclub meeting - sign up here.