The Dinner

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Atlantic Books, Aug 1, 2012 - Fiction - 300 pages
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS - INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
LONGLISTED FOR THE IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARDS

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'A brilliantly addictive novel that wraps its hands around your throat on page one and doesn't let go' -- SJ Watson

A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened...

Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified - by everyone except their parents. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

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User Review  - JaredOrlando - LibraryThing

The true story in the Dinner comes at you from nowhere. What begins as a normal meal among friends turns into something darker, once what is below the surface slowly reveals itself. Fantastic writing and great pace leads to a wonderful story. Read full review

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User Review  - icolford - LibraryThing

Two brothers and their wives meet for dinner at a swank restaurant in Amsterdam. It all seems innocent enough. Forty-something Paul Lohman narrates. His brother Serge is running for prime minister ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Herman Koch, born in 1953, is a Dutch writer. He was a renowned television actor on the series Jiskefet and a former columnist for the newspaper Volkskrant. The Dinner is his sixth novel and has already won the prestigious Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. Herman Koch currently lives in Amsterdam.

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