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Kira Wuck

The Marbles King

An unsentimental, autobiographical novel about growing up the child of damaged young hippie parents in Amsterdam

Anne and Otto meet in the 1970s in Amsterdam, a true hippie paradise. They’ve both fled their homes—Anne has left behind the darkness of Finland and her bossy mother, while Otto has fled his sadistic father in a Dutch village.

They’re both looking for freedom and adventure, and in Amsterdam you can decide who you want to be.

They become the parents of Jane, the author’s alter ego. Jane grows up surrounded by love, optimism and adventure, but also destabilising recklessness. Kira Wuck tells the story of her parents and her childhood in arresting scenes and sentences.

What’s so striking about Wuck’s way of writing and observing is that these eccentric lives essentially seem completely logical and self-evident.

Trouw

Wuck tells the story […] in sparse, unsentimental prose – sometimes it’s even got a list-like quality to it. As if she’s taking inventory of everything that happened, so that she can make sense of it.

de Volkskrant

Kira Wuck

Kira Wuck (b. 1978) is the daughter of a Finnish mother and an Indonesian father. Her first collection of poetry, Finse meisjes (Finnish Girls, 2012), received numerous awards and was followed by the short-story collection Noodlanding (Emergency Landing) in 2016 and a second volume of poetry, De

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Details

Knikkerkoning (2021)., 208 pages.
Words: 46,245

Themes: debut

Sample translation

English (PDF document)

Publisher

Podium

Van Eeghenstraat 93
NL - 1071 EX Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 421 38 30
Fax: +31 20 421 37 76

E-mail:
Feline.Streekstra@parkuitgeve…
Website:
http://www.uitgeverijpodium.nl

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