Bax Book Store holds the honor of publishing an extraordinary book by Jacques Northe.
(ps. of Jacques Sitter) was born in Amsterdam in 1934. After studying
history in the 1950’s he worked in theater, film and opera in cities as
Berlin, Zürich and Paris. In 1974 Northe self-published the first part
of his opinionated and meandering debut novel Amortisatie (Amortization) in a stenciled edition of 150. Fragments of the manuscript Wenk (Hint) were published in Raster and in the Flemish magazine Heibel. Subsequently little was heard of the writer who so promisingly entered the sphere of literature.
His work was rediscovered in 2010 by writer and photographer Lucas
Hügsen. Through his efforts the first complete publication of
Amortization has been realized.
Amortization is about a certain Waldemar, in whose estate an unfinished
manuscript is found on a committee issuing a liber amicorum on the
German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler. That story, with its numerous
cultural and political ramifications, is so bizarre that an unnamed
introducer, vaguely reminiscent of Charles Kinbote in Vladimir Nabokov’s
Pale Fire, feels the need to annotate the text and provide comments.