Friday, 20 January 2012

Obituary of Rudi van Danzig
(image: Dutch News)
Rudi van Danzig died yesterday, age 78, at his home in Amsterdam after a battle with cancer. For almost a quarter of a century he steered the Dutch National Ballet and had the status of a national icon, and he choreographed over 50 works which placed ballet in the Netherlands among the world's best.

I recently - not without a struggle - read the Dutch original of his novel To a Lost Soldier, considered to be partly autobiographical. To the disgrace of the Australian nanny state it is impossible to obtain the book in English in libraries or bookshops, because - shock and horror - it contains rude bits. Censorship is alive and well in Oz.

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