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The ditch / Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett.

The ditch / Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett.
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ISBN 9781925773361 (paperback)
Author Koch, Herman, 1953- author.
Title The ditch / Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett.
Publisher/Date Melbourne, Victoria : Text Publishing, 2019.
Pagination etc. 306 pages ; 24 cm
Summary Note When Robert Walter, popular mayor of Amsterdam, sees his wife toss her head back with laughter while chatting to one of his aldermen at a New Year's reception, he immediately suspects the worst. Despite their long and happy marriage, Robert is convinced that Sylvia is cheating on him--with the respectable alderman who is dedicated to the environment, no less. The man who wants to spoil the capital's skyline with wind turbines. The New Year's reception marks the end of the "happy family" era that the mayor has enjoyed for so long. His wife and their daughter, Diana, however, are not aware of his suspicions and carry on as usual. Robert starts spending a lot of time and energy "behaving normally." Naturally, his normal behavior is far more suspicious. Normally Robert's not really present when he's at home--he's preoccupied with his phone, the newspapers, and his own thoughts. But now Robert is so sure he'll miss the clues if he doesn't pay attention that he starts to be almost alarmingly attentive and interested--ultimately losing himself in increasingly panicked and paranoid trains of thought. This is a wildly clever and guttingly familiar story of a man whose sadistic skill for undermining himself and his marriage comes to cost him nearly everything.
Language note Translated from the Dutch.
Subject Families -- Netherlands -- Fiction
Spouses -- Fiction
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction
Adultery -- Fiction
Mayors -- Fiction
Dutch fiction -- Translations into English
Amsterdam (Netherlands) -- Fiction
Added Author Garrett, Sam translator.
Shelf Location F KOCH
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