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An Untouched House
An Untouched House | Willem Frederik Hermans
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A blisteringly powerful classic war story from one of the Netherlands' greatest writers WITH AN AFTERWORD BY CEES NOOTEBOOM 'The Dutch have hailed him as their greatest novelist, and now, slowly, Europe is getting to know him' Milan Kundera, Le Monde 'Bleak, hilarious, angry, ruthless... Hermans is as alarming as a snake in the breadbin... hugely entertaining' Scotsman Towards the end of the Second World War, a weary partisan fighting with the Red Army in Germany comes across a grand, abandoned house, seemingly untouched by the devastation sweeping the country. Exhausted, he falls asleep in the living room, but wakes to find a German patrol marching up the garden path. His only hope is to pose as the house's owner, but how will he keep up the pretence when the real owner returns? Dazzling, dark and scorchingly violent, with the breakneck pace of a thriller, this timeless classic is a vivid depiction of what happens when the mask of decency is cast aside in the savagery of war. 'A literary tour de force' Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 'A violent climax without equal in modern literature' Cees Nooteboom Willem Frederik Hermans (1921–1995) was one of the most prolific and versatile Dutch authors of the twentieth century. In 1977 he received the Dutch Literature Prize – the most prestigious literary prize in the Netherlands. He is considered one of the three most important authors in the Netherlands in the postwar period, along with Harry Mulisch and Gerard Reve.
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Set during World War ll, this fever dream of a plotless novella has a Soviet Partisan soldier chancing upon an abandoned house. As the Nazis suddenly appear in his temporary sanctuary, he pretends to be the owner of the house—and the real owner shows up. The prose is beautiful in this Dutch classic, with startling moments of insight & imagery. The trauma of war, nihilism, & futility of the human condition makes it a tough & bleak read. #netgalley

batsy Translated from Dutch by David Colmer with a particularly insightful afterword by Cees Noteboom. 9mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 9mo
emilyhaldi Wow this sounds intense 😐 in a good way 9mo
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batsy @TrishB Thank you :) 9mo
batsy @emilyhaldi It is 😅 9mo
Cathythoughts Great review... 💫💫💫 9mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow - sounds unusual- I need to get this. Thanks! 9mo
Centique Beautiful review S! 😍 9mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @Centique Thank you, ladies ❤️ 9mo
batsy @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yes, it is and hard to tell who will like it. Hope you find it interesting :) 9mo
saresmoore I stacked this so fast! 9mo
rohit-sawant Terrific review! 🙌🏻 9mo
batsy @saresmoore So bleak, Sara. #sorrowsisters 9mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you :) 9mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I love that you read one of my favorite Dutch authors 💜 (edited) 9mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Thank you! And happy to hear he's your fave. I'm so glad this is available in translation via Archipelago, and that Net Galley made it available :) 9mo
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