Author: Israel Querido
Israel Querido was born on October 1, 1872 in Amsterdam
into a Portuguese Jewish family. He came from a poor family
and at a very young age, 14 years old, he had to start making
a living for himself. He could not finish his training as
a watchmaker because of an eye injury, and he ended up in
the diamond industry. Around the age of nineteen he became
a jeweler for a brief time, but that backfired. His talents
and interests were laid more in other areas. He played the
violin, but this talent was prematurely hampered by his strict
religious mother, who forbade him to play on the Sabbath.
Querido continued to self-teach himself in various fields.
He did his work during the day and in the evening he schooled
himself in "all philosophies and all the world literature”
to catch up what he missed at school. When he was 18 years
old he began his first novel, which was never completed. At
the urging of his wife in 1893 he published his first book
"Poems", this was followed in 1894 by the book 'Verses’.
In both books he used the pseudonym "Theo Reeder”.
However, his poetry was not well received. Querido was active
at the time as a literary critic and published a number of
articles in The Directory, Great Netherlands, Labor, The Team,
The Land and People, and People. For twenty years, from 1905,
he published the literary chronicle of the Algemeen Handelsblad(General
trademagazine). After several other novels, he wrote his most
famous work of 1912-1924, the four-part cycle of novels "The
Jordan", which was about the people of Amsterdam.
Israel had a strong personality and was a good orator.
Because of his critical socialist institution he was both
loved and hated by other artists and writers.
Family Life: He married Janet Sjouwerman
on May 30, 1893. Together they had a son.
On 26 July 1932 he started to suffer with a ‘nervous
disorder’ and he was admitted into the Amsterdam Boerhaave
Clinic on 5 August where he suddenly died of heart failure.
He was not quite 60 years old.
The book: The book that we present here
was released as a fourth edition in 1927, by Scheltens &
Giltay in Amsterdam.
God’s name: Israel Querido used Jehovah as the personal
name of God.