Bert Schierbeek was born in a village called Glanerbrug, a small farming community in Southwest Netherlands. Bert was schooled at a school called Wire Oven, run by the Rev. van Mijsse. Later he became a priest and lived in Eindhoven.
Bert was an avid reader and painter, often participating in amateur dramatics. His artwork included portraits, buildings, and street signs; among which he created a number of portraits and murals in the Dutch language. When he was about to execute a commission for a church in Eindhoven, a boy approached him and asked to help him translate a book into Dutch. Bert explained that he had just finished studying the grammar of Dutch and offered to translate the work for free.
Bert was thrilled to accept the commission, and two years later, The Book of Job went on to sell almost one million copies worldwide. In this famous story, Bert Schierbeek is featured as the main character. Het Boek, or Ben, as he is known to his friends, is a very caring, self-depreciative, and humble Dutchman who has difficulty accepting that he is bound by the rules of society to be an employee, rather than a free-spirit who can go wherever he wishes. Bert soon realizes that being a worker is not so bad after all, and that with a little bit of initiative he can live the life that he has always dreamed of.
The second part of The Book of Job focuses on Bert’s relationship with China. Bert was working in the southernmost part of the Dutch province of Brugge when he took a job as a translator for a Chinese firm there. Two months later, a van full of Chinese immigrants arrived at the small village of Bezige ( Amsterdam, south), demanding work and demanding food. Bert and his colleague, Charles Meehan, decided to organize a small meeting to negotiate the terms of the contract between the Chinese and the Dutch, and to eventually solve the problems that they both were faced with at Bezige.
At the first meeting, Bert presented his credentials and the company representative presented his. After the agreement was reached, the representatives of the two companies left to go to Bezige to begin their daily task of providing work to the immigrants. When they arrived, they informed Bert and Charles that their offer was accepted. Bert and Charles opened the contract. When they read it, they both felt satisfied and promised never to sue the other party, which they called the “Chinese Firm”, for breach of contract. In his memoirs, Bert Schierbeek describes the events of that day: “I felt elated that we had finally got our work done. But, as we left the bazaar to go home, I suddenly understood that we were facing an entirely different problem: how should we translate the contract?”
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