Awarded with the Confituur Booksellers Award 2023

“Phenomenal” Financeele Dagblad

“An astonishing novel” Het Parool

“Masterly.” De Ochtenden – Radio 4

“Jaap Robben steers well clear of sentimentality in this delicately wrought book about loss (…) and once again shows himself to be a master of short, restrained sentences.” Trouw

“One of the best books of the year” MEZZA


Jaap Robben (1984) does not write specifically for an age, but for everyone in particular. With his debut novel Birk, he conquered bookshop, reader as well as critic. Birk was awarded the Dutch Book Prize, among others. Zomervacht was longlisted for the International Booker Prize and received a lot of praise in- and outside the Dutch language borders. In 2022 he published his latest and much-discussed novel Schemerleven that became a bestseller too and was awarded with the Confituur Booksellers Award 2023.

Robben’s novels are being adapted for the screen and his work is currently published in fifteen languages.

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