About the Book: The Dinner
A phenomenon that has sent shockwaves across Europe, The Dinner will be the talking point of the summer.
A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
Each couple has a fifteen year old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children, and as civility and friendship disintegrates, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
About the Author: Herman Koch
Herman Koch, born in 1953, is a Dutch actor and writer. He studied at the Montessori Lyceum before finishing his schooling in Russia. Koch is a renowned television actor on the series Jiskefet and a columnist for the newspaper Volkskrant. The Dinner is his sixth novel and has already won the prestigious Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. Herman Koch currently lives in Spain.
'Funny, provocative and exceedingly dark, this is a brilliantly addictive novel that wraps its hands around your throat on page one and doesn't let go.' -SJ Watson
''From the starter to the dessert, Herman Koch moves from the family farce to the hard-hitting novel. You leave the table, gobsmacked." - Le Figaro
''A brilliant tragi-comedy" - Frankfurter Allgemiene Zeitung
''Koch at his best, thinking and writing splendidly all the way through to the ultimate conclusion." - Het Parool
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