Jaap Robben

De Geus, Amsterdam
Awards & nominations

Schemerleven (Twilight Life)

A new bestseller by Jaap Robben, Twilight Life gives a voice to the silent grief of the mothers of stillborn children.

When the young, free-spirited Frieda Tendeloo steps onto the frozen Waal river on a late winter afternoon in 1963, an encounter awaits her that she will never forget. Between the ice floes on the white river she meets the married Otto. They experience a love that begins impetuously, but ends disastrously.

All her life she keeps her memories of this history to herself, until Frieda suddenly finds herself alone again at the age of 81 and the undisclosed sorrow inescapably imposes itself on her. Only then does she dare to look for what she has lost.

With Twilight Life, inspired by true events, Robben not only pulls back the veil on Frieda’s story, but also shines a light on the experiences of countless women between the 1950s and 1980s. Thanks to Robben’s deft skill as a writer, the story never feels too heavy – tension and emotion are carefully calibrated. The result is an impressive story about buried female trauma, caused by society, organised religion and the dominant social mores.

"Tender and sensitive. Masterful how Jaap Robben describes Frieda's life."
- NPO Radio 4 Book of the Week
"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 newspaper
"Robben lets his feminist heart speak with his powerful protagonist" ****
– Humo Magazine
Trouw recensie: fijnzinnig boek over verlies
Parool recensie: verbluffende roman over levenslang verzwegen leed


Jaap wordt vertegenwoordigd door zijn manager Michaël Roumen. Voor optredens en andere zakelijke verzoeken kunt u een bericht sturen naar: michael@michaelroumen.com 
Postbus 92
2501 CB Den Haag 

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