Zeeland, Or, Elective Concurrences: A Novel

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NewSouth Books, 2001 - Fiction - 255 pages
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Zeeland tracks grandfather and grandson Michel and Michael Beauchamp as they embark on parallel journeys through wartime Europe. Separated by 70 years, Michael, an American soldier, and Michel, a French printer, flee German-occupied France towards Gibraltar. As Michael travels, he continues to stumble onto traces of his grandfather's earlier journey, discovering patterns which connect the two men across the expanse of time. Koning has constructed a novel which explores the nature of coincidence, the logic of history, and the emergence of order from chaos.

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Some 150 years ago, Dickens taught us the fictional possibilities of coincidence; here, Koning gives us a potent refresher. This is the dual story of World War II soldier Michael Beauchamp, an ... Read full review


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Former New Yorker reporter Hans Koning was born Hans Koningsberger in Amsterdam and was a student when World War II broke out and the Germans invaded. He escaped and joined the British Army. After the war, he attended the University of Amsterdam and the Sorbonne, simultaneously working as a full-time writer and journalist. In 1951, Koning caught a freighter to the United States, where he continued to work as a freelance writer and began The Affair (1958), the first of his thirteen novels. Koning now lives in Connecticut with his wife, Kate, and is, as always, writing. In addition to his twenty-two books, three plays, and two translations, he has written political-travel pieces as a reporter-at-large for The New Yorker and has reported for The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times.

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