Author: Israel Querido
Biography: Israel Querido is known as
a novelist, but also as a critic. He grew up in Amsterdam
in a Portuguese Jewish family. His brother Emanuel, who was
also an author, is best known as the founder of the publishing
house Querido. When Israel left school at the age of fourteen
, he first trained as a watchmaker, then worked in the diamond
industry and later became an independent jeweler. He then
became a journalist for an Amsterdam newspaper. Because he
also performed as a violinist, he came in contact with other
artists, with whom he felt at home. They encouraged him to
continue with his literature, which he had been interested
in from an early age. He read a lot and began to write articles
himself. In 1894 he published his first collection "Verses".
After several other novels, he wrote his most famous work
in 1912-1924, the four-part cycle of novels "The Jordan",
about the people of Amsterdam.
He had a strong personality and was a good orator. Because
of his critical socialist position he was both loved and hated
by other artists and writers.
On 30 May 1893 he married Janet Sjouwerman. This marriage
was blessed with a son. On 26 July 1932 Israel was diagnosed
with a "nervous disorder" and admitted into the
Amsterdam Boerhaave Clinic, where he suddenly died of heart
failure on August 5. He was not quite 60 years old.
Books: In his literary work the author
was also inspired by history and the Bible. Below is a list
of the books that we are showing excerpts from. He used God's
name "Jehovah" in the books listed here. Two of
these books can be found on this site.