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The Longest Night

Otto de Kat

7 Reviews

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Netherlands, Germany, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Second World War fiction, Fiction in translation, Psychology of ageing

Another restrained yet monumental epic-in-miniature by one of the most elegant and lucid of modern European writers

A masterpiece of literary craft and concision; sparse, beautiful and hugely affecting - Daily Mail

Since the liberation of the Netherlands, Emma Verweij has been living in Rotterdam, in a street which became a stronghold of friendships for its inhabitants during the Second World War. She marries Bruno, they have two sons, and she determines to block out the years she spent in Nazi Berlin during the war, with her first husband Carl.

But now, ninety-six years old and on the eve of her death, long- forgotten memories crowd again into her consciousness, flashbacks of happier years, and the tragedy of the war, of Carl, of her father, and of the friends she has lost.

In THE LONGEST NIGHT, his impressive, reflective new novel after News from Berlin, Otto de Kat deftly distills momentous events of 20th-century history into the lives of his characters. In Emma, the past and the present coincide in limpid fragments of rare, melancholy beauty.

Translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson

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Praise for The Longest Night

  • A masterpiece of literary craft and concision; sparse, beautiful and hugely affecting. - Daily Mail

  • An exceedingly beautiful novel that you read breathless till the end. - E.O. Vision.

  • De Kat mixes great moral issues with historical events. This is his literary art. The Longest Night is melancholic and brilliantly written. - Radio Berlin.

  • Otto de Kat has created a small masterpiece. - Nurnberger Zeitung.

  • The De Kat Express takes you on a journey without borders. - NRC Handelsblad.

  • These are novels of subtle emotional distance . . . as physical as a blow to the heart - Irish Times

  • One of the Netherlands' most compelling literary voices - Irish Examiner

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Otto de Kat

Otto de Kat is the pen name of the founder of Dutch non-fiction publishing house Balans, Jan Guert Gaarlandt, also a poet, novelist and critic. His prize-winning novels have been widely published in Europe, and Man on the Move was the winner of the Netherlands' Halewijn Literature Prize.

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