Jan Konst

The Winter Garden

A German Family in the Long Twentieth Century

A beautiful family epic

Konst has written a fascinating book about a German family and how it held its ground across four generations in the turbulent twentieth century. It portrays people trying to lead a more or less normal life in times of political turmoil.

NRC Handelsblad

The Winter Garden is not only an impressive history of a very ordinary family in wartime, but also an investigation into how to best talk about the “ordinary” Germans who caused untold suffering and were severely punished for it. Konst’s solution: don’t try to hide your own ambivalent feelings. Be frank as a writer. And it works.



Jan Konst

Jan Konst (b. 1963) is a literary scholar specialised in Dutch literature and works at the Freie Universität of Berlin, where he holds the Chair of Dutch Philology: Literary Studies. His publications discuss early modern literature, Dutch-German literary relations and contemporary literature in…

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De Wintertuin. Een Duitse familie in de lange twintigste eeuw (2018). Non-fiction, 320 pages.
Copies sold: 10,000

German sample translation available



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