The World's Best Unknown Books
04 04 2013

Unforgettable Masterpiece

The Roar of Morning Tip Marugg

Translation Paul Vincent

Tip Marugg was the hermit of Curaçao, an island in the Netherlands Antilles, and the author of a small body of excep­tionally fine literary work. His novels show the touch of a master stylist who transforms his themes – death, night, the grim fate of the alcoholic, and loneliness – into unparalleled literature.

I would like to quote as much of this novel as I possibly can, to read it over and over again right away. Such a novel deserves a magnificent reception

Vrij Nederland

In Weekend Pilgrimage *(1957) the drunk first-person narrator veers onto the shoulder of the road while driving and reflects back on his life in one long interior monologue. The protagonist of *In de straten van Tepalka (In the Streets of Tepalka, 1967) relives his experiences in fantasies and nightmares as he lies on his deathbed in a hospital. In Marugg’s most important novel,

The Roar of Morning (1988), a man sits on his doorstep, armed with a bottle of whisky, waiting for daybreak. He observes nature, thinking about Kierkegaard, his childhood in Venezuela, and his life on Curaçao, where he feels out of place as a white Antillean, and he has feverish dreams about women. The novel contains one of the most beautiful scenes in world literature, in which the narrator watches scores of birds in flight crashing into a steep rock face and dying, a daily event. The passage is unforgettable.

For translation funding please get in touch with Victor Schiferli from the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

Gardners Books
Original language
Original title
De morgen loeit weer aan (1988)

Available as
ISBN 9780571202812
150 pages
second hand