Only this morning I heard an author and professor on the radio about a new rewritten version of the Dutch classic Max Havelaar by Multatuli. Apparently present students can't and won't read the original due to the long sentences used and words whose meaning has changed since it was written 150 years ago.
That is really mind-blowing.
I remember reading Max Havelaar when I was fifteen. During my reading, I was thinking how incredibly fresh and new Multatulis writing was for a book of 150 years old.
And yes, it was an original version (no rewritten copy).