Author

Leon de Winter

Leon de Winter (b. 1954) became known in the early 1980s with subdued, intellectual novels like Zoeken naar Eileen W (Looking for Eileen W.) and La Place de la Bastille, but he later concentrated on creating vehicles for his most important themes – Jewish identity after the Second World War, good and evil – in what he refers to as ‘good reads.’ Kaplan (1986), SuperTex (1991), Zionoco (1995) and God’s Gym (2002) each became bestsellers. De Winter invariably writes about a man in a crisis, searching for his (Jewish) roots and being forced to make existential choices. His cinematic style reflects the fact that De Winter is also a film maker. Het recht op terugkeer (The Right of Return, 2008) has been nominated for both the AKO Literature Prize and the NS Public’s Choice Prize. De Winter is a high-profile political commentator, whose columns and essays have been published in Dutch periodicals and newspapers, as well as in German titles such as Die Welt and Der Spiegel.

The Hollywood Sky

The Hollywood Sky

(De Bezige Bij, 1997, 330 pages)

De hemel van Hollywood is like a house of mirrors: from the opening lines to the last page mysterious tension surrounds the question as to which representation of reality is actually confronting us. On the surface the novel is a straightforward thriller, De Winter’s favourite genre. Since the trilogy Vertraagde roman (Delayed Novel), Kaplan and Hoffman’s honger he has written fast-paced, well-tailored literary thrillers.

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The Right of Return

The Right of Return

(De Bezige Bij, 2008, 458 pages)

In The Right of Return Leon de Winter has written an audacious book that demonstrates more powerfully than ever that he is a prophet of doom. In this science-fiction novel, set mainly in 2024 and 2025, he describes a doom scenario in which Israel has been reduced in size and beleaguered to such an extent that it is virtually uninhabitable.

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VSV, or Acts of Kindness

VSV, or Acts of Kindness

(De Bezige Bij, 2012, 428 pages)

In this thrilling novel, bestselling author Leon de Winter describes how radical Muslims in Amsterdam blow up the town hall and opera house and hijack a plane before taking the children and teachers at a school (VSV) hostage. Theo van Gogh, the filmmaker and polemicist who was murdered by a Muslim in 2004, plays a special role as the guardian angel of the man who has to bring the hostage situation to a successful conclusion.

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Translated books

Website

http://www.leondewinter.nl