Tortuca is a Dutch
literatureand arts magazinepublished in Rotterdamand available in the Netherlandsand Belgium. The name "Tortuca" has been derived from the mediaeval poem about turtles in "Der naturen bloeme" from the Flemish writer and poet Jacob van Maerlant.
1994by Herbert Verhey and Bas Kwakman as "Tortuca Private Press," the name was changed to "Tortuca, literature and arts" prior to the publication of the first magazinein 1996[Tortuca 1, Autumn MCMXCVI] and extending the board of editors with musicians, artists and writers.
The pocketbook-size shaped magazine has no
illustrations on the cover (only the colour changes per issue) and well balanced and coherent typographyin the interior with use of the typefaces Bodoniand Garamond. Apart from prose(short stories) and poetry, Tortuca contains a wide variety of art: from pencil-sketches and photographyto designs for curtains and technical drawings. Every issue has a special item like a leporellowith selfportraits of Aad Donkeron a long strip of paper [Tortuca 8, MCMXCIX, p.51] , the tombstoneof Rainer Maria Rilke's grave with twelve translations of his 'untranslatable' epitaph[Tortuca 10, MM, p.25] or a removable bookletwith lyricsby Valentin Silvestrov[Tortuca 14, MMII, p.20] .
Tortuca is also the
publisherof Testudo ( novels, [translated-] poetry, short stories and prose), Tortuca Cahier (short stories, theatreplays, or exceptional subjects) and Tortuca Vestzak (miniature books).
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