Afterlight (Schemerleven)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
"Robben is wonderful at drawing characters with just a few deliberate strokes."
"A master in moral ambivalence."
"Robben deals with all kinds of inflammable material, and does it with such tact and understanding."
Jaap Robben (1984) does not write specifically for an age, but for everyone in particular. With his debut novel You have me to love (Birk), he conquered booksellers, readers as well as critics. Birk was awarded the Dutch Booksellers Award, among others. Summer Brother (Zomervacht) was longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021 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 made into films and his work has been published in fifteen languages.