1919 - De oude waereld - het land van Zarathustra (The old world- the land of Zarathustra)

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.

1919 "The Old World, the land of Zarathustra" - (about the history of the Persian Empire)
1927 "Samson, the Consecrated"
1929 "Samson, upheaval"




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