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Bleeding Beauties
ISBN: 9789085422013
By: Marita de Sterck
60 FOLK TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT MAKE WOMEN OUT OF GIRLS
Collected and retold by Marita de Sterck

 
A universal book about girls becoming women.
Folk tales promote growth. That’s true for all times and all places. But the stories that make women out of girls are little known. Marita de Sterck brings together the classics, with raw edges and spicy sides. For twenty-five years, anthropologist and youth author Marita de Sterck has been gathering folk tales from all over the world in which womanhood is the central theme. Her sixty favourites are collected here. Do you want to know what the wolf really got up to with the pretty, disobedient girl and when Sleeping Beauty really woke up? How Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and the Beast behave on another continent?
 
Marita de Sterck describes how women’s bodies are inhabited and encapsulated in language all over the world. Bleeding Beauties is a book that will amaze and touch women, men, girls and boys alike. Anytime, anywhere. Marita de Sterck studied journalistic science, anthropology and languages. She lectures in literature and anthropology at the Ghent Library School. As a writer, her youth novels and picture books have earned her various awards and gained her wide acclaim. Growth rituals and initiation stories have fascinated her for some time.
Heart-rendingly beautiful folk tales. A jewel.
approx. 248 pages - world rights available
en met deze link: http://standaard-nieuwsbrief.be/foreignrights/books/maritadesterck/9789085422013
 
 
Bad girls everywhere
ISBN: 9789022325124
By: Marita de Sterck
 60 FOLK TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT MAKE WOMEN OUT OF GIRLS
Collected and retold by Marita de Sterck
 
A universal book about girls becoming women.
Folk tales promote growth. That’s true for all times and all places. But the stories that make women out of girls are little known. Marita de Sterck brings together the classics, with raw edges and spicy sides. For twenty-five years, anthropologist and youth author Marita de Sterck has been gathering folk tales from all over the world in which womanhood is the central theme. Her sixty favourites are collected here. Do you want to know what the wolf really got up to with the pretty, disobedient girl and when Sleeping Beauty really woke up? How Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and the Beast behave on another continent?
 
Marita de Sterck describes how women’s bodies are inhabited and encapsulated in language all over the world. Naughty girls everywhere is a book that will amaze and touch women, men, girls and boys alike. Anytime, anywhere. Marita de Sterck studied journalistic science, anthropology and languages. She lectures in literature and anthropology at the Ghent Library School. As a writer, her youth novels and picture books have earned her various awards and gained her wide acclaim. Growth rituals and initiation stories have fascinated her for some time.
Heart-rendingly beautiful folk tales. A jewel.
approx. 248 pages - world rights available
Original title: Stoute meisjes overal
 
en met deze link: http://www.wpg.be/foreignrights/books/maritadesterck/9789022325124

 

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Marita de Sterck (°1955) studied languages and communication sciences at the University of Ghent and Anthropology at the University of Leuven. She teaches literature, children’s literature and anthropology at the school for librarians in Ghent. She has published picture books, fiction and non-fiction for children and young adult novels. There is a direct line between her research about initiation rituals and her recent novels for young adults. Recurring themes in her work include: learning to love without losing oneself, the power of stories and the often-complex relationship between the generations. Marita de Sterck already received two Silver and one Golden Kiss for her work. Bad Blood was awarded the Book Lion.

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The Dog Eaters: At the end of 1917, in the middle of wartime, a boy threatens to lose his beloved dog to a dog butcher. During a brutal search he comes across butcher and victim, man and monster, hero and runaway, but he mostly runs into himself. Victor runs away from home to look for his German shepherd. At the paupers market he hears that during this winter of starvation every dog is in danger. All he can do is follow the dog snachters, across treacherous rivers and hungry marshes. Victor meets the most beautiful girl in the world, cheeky street prostitutes, the bearded lady, the singer of forbidden songs and… the dog butcher of Boom.

 

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Some more books

         

THE WHOLE NINE YARDS

Each generation its own war
original title Met huid en haar - rights Querido
232 pp. - age 15+ - 3.000 copies sold
sample translation available
prizes Silver Kiss 2005, Children's and Youth Jury Prize 2006
foreign rights sold to Le Rouergue (France) and Patmos (Germany)
web http://users.pandora.be/marita.de.sterck

While his parents are on holiday for a week in Barcelona, Joppe and a few of his fellow nursing students organise a mass demonstration against the war in Iraq. In the meantime, he tries to win the heart of the intriguing but independent Alya, but his sick great grandfather Tist throws a spanner in the works. While Joppe chants anti-war slogans, Tist relives his own war.

De Sterck accurately describes the anxieties of Tist, which started one night during the war when he was supposed to keep vigil by his little sister’s deathbed but fell asleep instead. The disintegration of his family that followed drives him into the war instead of away from it. Tist’s wartime trauma results in a lasting fear of abandonment and he decides that it makes no sense to love people when you know you must ultimately give them up. Only after the arrival of Sien and her daughter Mie does the surly war veteran begin to change, although his stubbornness will plague him for the rest of his life. A growing awareness that his days are coming to an end makes Tist gentler, more approachable, and ready to reveal old secrets.

‘Written in a compelling, gripping and enchanting poetic language, slowly releasing its compact dramatic tension, engulfed in secrets.’ – Dutch Library Service

‘A gripping and plausible book, which excites, moves and compels the reader to think in a manner that goes beyond Marita De Sterck’s earlier novels.’ – De Morgen

“Tist plodded through the muddy trenches. Men barked orders at him in a language he didn’t understand. Boys dropped in the mud on all sides because they had no idea what they were being ordered to do.

One day four boys fell on top of Tist. He felt the bullets driving into their bodies. He knew that it was their flesh that saved his life. Hours later, when he tried to push them off, he saw that two of them were still alive, one with less than half a face, the other with a bullet in his thigh.

Each had a request for Tist. Tist said yes twice. He helped one to die and the other to continue living.”

Marita de Sterck’s most recent book Bad Blood (Kwaad Bloed, Querido,159 pp., age 12+, Book Lion 2007, Silver Kiss 2007) presents a unique sketch of a Flemish boarding school immediately after World War II and offers the reader a finely written description of what it was like to grow into womanhood in grandmother’s day.

         

VROEM, VROEM... BOEM/ZOOM, ZOOM... BOOM (1999)
Text: Marita de Sterck.
Illustrations: Ingrid Godon.

Maya is always bumping into things on her trike, accidentally on purpose. She’s a hazard in the home from the crack of dawn until late at night. Will her crashes and falls never end? Her parents are at their wit’s end... (2 years and up)
A recognisable picture book for reading out loud. Perfect for energetic pre-schoolers and for adults who share their lives with a hectic, nice-and-wild child... or remember being one themselves.

 

SPLINTERS (1998)
A moving story of first love.
Jutta stumbled when she saw Anton for the first time.
She tripped over her own two feet.
As if her legs suddenly belonged to someone else.
And Anton falls under Jutta’s spell. He can’t get his mind off that strange, awkward girl.
"Be careful," people whisper. "She’s trouble."
But from that very first day there’s no turning back. Not for Jutta. And not for Anton.
They are swept up by a love that leaves them no choice.
A fully-fledged passion. A difficult love in which the past keeps on popping up, in which all escape routes are cut off, in which there are more questions than answers.
Can you love without getting wounded by the splinters?
Is love ever the same, for him, for her?
If you’ve tasted it once, can you ever do without? (13 years and up)

 

WILD VLEES/SCAR TISSUE (2000)
Max comes home from a hiking trip to hear that his grandfather has had a fatal accident. The news is too much for him. After all, he has more or less grown up with his grandfather. In search of someone to blame, he begins investigating every detail of his grandfather’s accident, no matter how grisly. This is his way of coping with his sorrow, his way of exorcising his grief. Max scarcely notices how hurtful his aspersions are for all those involved: the young truck driver, the police officers, the hospital staff and the undertaker. Max knows no mercy, not even for his parents or Linde, his girlfriend.
It’s only when all the stories have been told and the wounds have healed over, that Max is able to finally let go and get on with his life. 
The sudden death of someone you’re close to can upset your whole life. Marita de Sterck describes this experience. The story is about coming to terms with loss, but also about the best cure: love. Like Splinters, this challenging book raises pressing questions about love and death. (15 years and up)

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You can contact Marita de Sterck for a workshop on the following subject:
Listening to initiation stories; how ritual storytelling can promote change and renewal in individuals and groups.

Non-western cultural groups celebrate the growth of their children with initiation rituals. Stories are the central part of these rituals. These groups believe stories can promote growth.
What kind of stories do they select for their rituals? How do these stories work? What are their functions? In which way do they promote individual and social change and renewal? What are the differences between their stories and our literature for children and young adults? What can we learn from them? How do these stories generate intercultural change and renewal?
With the help of overhead projection we will travel around the world, look at rituals and listen to stories. It will be a journey with confronting anthropological, psychoanalytical and literary components, but above all: a look in the mirror