notes on dutch literature

The German Wedding

In Review on November 4, 2012 at 9:46 PM

pieter waterdrinker the german wedding

Pieter Waterdrinker lives in Moscow as a novelist, writer and journalist. He got his big breakthrough with his novel The German Wedding (translated by Brian Doyle), which was longlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2011 and was nominated for the Gerard Walschap Prize. The international film rights were recently sold.

The German Wedding is a darkly funny, daring, and operatic novel that’s one part The Corrections, one part The Producers according to publisher Atlantic

The Times: “This wonderful novel, wittily translated from the Dutch by Brian Doyle, looks like a jolly comedy. It is very funny in its pitiless chronicling of human weakness, but there are disturbing undertones. The setting is a Dutch seaside resort in the 1950s. Ludo, the son of a hotelier, is about to marry Liza, the daughter of a German sausage-maker. But Liza wants escape from her parents and Ludo wants Liza’s money — and the spectres of war and occupation are never far off. Liza’s mother hates the match, Ludo hates the memory of his Jewish grandfather, and it can only end in tears. Hilarious comedy only highlights the tragedy.”

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