Only as I watched the little tugboat disappear towards IJmuiden, just west of Amsterdam, did I begin to have doubts about what had been proposed to me. Walter Saxer had said I needed to be present during a few takes in which ‘zwanzig Ratten’, twenty rats, had to perform in Werner Herzog’s rema…
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Translated by Michiel Horn
Michiel Horn is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and University Historian. A specialist in twentieth century Canada and the history of academic freedom, his books include York University: The Way Must Be Tried (2009), Academic Freedom in Canada: A History (1999), The League for Social Reconstruction (1980), and The Dirty Thirties (1972). He is also a literary translator from Dutch to English.More about the translator →