The Ditch

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Text Publishing Company, Jun 18, 2019 - Fiction - 320 pages

I played the scene back about ten times in my mind. First from start to finish, then from finish to start. In slow motion. Frame by frame. I tried to stop the action at the moment when my wife looked from me to the alderman. I corrected myself: avoided looking at the alderman.

Robert Walter, popular mayor of Amsterdam, suspects his wife is cheating on him. Then Robert’s elderly parents tell him that they’re planning to end their lives. His father hints that it will be sooner rather than later, but he won’t say when.

Alarmed, Robert starts to doubt himself and everyone around him, lost in increasingly panicked and paranoid trains of thought. But is it paranoia? Or is he actually seeing things clearly for the very first time?

The Ditch shows how quickly even the most stable lives can be sabotaged by secrecy and suspicion—and humans’ masochistic urge to undermine ourselves.

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The mayor of Amsterdam is at an obligatory holiday party when he sees his wife laughing at something one of his councilmen has said. His suspicions are raised. He can't believe his wife would even be ... Read full review

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Herman Koch’s latest novel, The Ditch, is, in my opinion, one of the year’s biggest disappointments. Mr. Koch is capable of such great writing with compelling characters and fantastic stories. The ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Herman Koch is an actor, screenwriter and columnist in the Netherlands and the author of a number of satirical novels, including The Dinner, Summer House with Swimming Pool and Dear Mr M. Now a major film, The Dinner was the first of his books to be published in English and spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list. It has sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into forty-two languages.

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