Max Havelaar Lockdown project: thank you to all the writers.

Last summer more than 170 people participated in a handwritten lockdown edition of Multatuli's Max Havelaar.

11/24/2020 | 2:31 PM

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is celebrating author Multatuli’s jubilee year with a national project  on a new, experimental edition of his novel ‘Max Havelaar’: a handwritten lockdown edition that was open to everyone.

The aim of this project is to express that Multituli’s (pen name for novelist Eduard Douwes Dekker) ideas about humanity, equality and intractability are widely shared in a time when this is still very much needed. Job Cohen, former mayor of Amsterdam, and journalist Elsbeth Etty are among the Dutch celebrities who toke part and copied the first chapters from home. The writing project is an initiative of Jacqueline Bel, professor of Modern Dutch Literature at the Vrije Universiteit in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Library. The project commenced on Monday, June 15.

Last summer more than 170 people participated in the lockdown edition of the Max Havelaar. They sat outside on the terrace on a hot summer's day or in the living room with a cup of tea and beautiful music. Some travelled to a special place that reminds of Multatuli or the Max Havelaar.
In the spring of 2021 we hope to present the special edition of the Max Havelaar, but now we are giving a glimpse into the genesis of the Max Havelaar, thanks to the writers who showed us their writing process via photo and video. All the writers: thank you very much! 

Watch the video report of the het Mutatuli Lockdown project.

Max Havelaar video

Here is an overview of all the videos sent by the authors of this project