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Herman Koch

Summerhouse with Swimming Pool

Doctors are unassailable. Their patients, with all their secrets, are delivered up to them body and soul. Marc Schlosser, the central character in Herman Koch’s Summerhouse with Swimming Pool, is a family doctor to the rich and famous, and behind his mask of solicitude a heartless cynic.

He despises his patients, whom he observes with detachment, feigning concern. He has not taken his profession seriously for many years, having accepted without protest that he is a cog in the bureaucracy of the healthcare system, where costs, profits and statistics are all that matter.

When he finds his honour as a husband and father in jeopardy, however, he realizes he has power over life and death. Who could do anything to him should one of his patients die? He has no respect for the Medical Disciplinary Board, which sure enough puts the case on the back burner. Like Koch’s previous much-praised bestseller The Dinner, Summerhouse with Swimming Pool is a contemporary novel of manners with the plot of a thriller, its glamorous setting depicted with biting humour. The ethical questions Koch raises stay with the reader for a long time.

Herman Koch has met with equal success as a writer and as an actor. Ever since his debut as a novelist in 1989 with Save Us, Maria Montanelli his books have been characterized by a cynical view of the snobbish middle classes. He has also worked as a scriptwriter and actor on absurdist television comedy programmes. His seventh novel, The Dinner (2009), brought him international fame and a place at number six on the list of bestselling European novels. Summerhouse with Swimming Pool (2011) has met with jubilant reviews, becoming a bestseller in Dutch.

Extremely suspenseful, skilfully written, surprising, hilarious, captures our age.

Vrij Nederland

Translations

Herman Koch

Herman Koch (b. 1953) is a widely acclaimed bestselling author. His international break through novel The Dinner (2009) has been published in 55 countries, which is unprecedented for any Dutch novel. It has also been adapted into several international stage plays and no less than three movies. The…

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Details

Zomerhuis met zwembad (2011)., 381 pages.
Words: 108,000
Copies sold: 200,000

Publications

Panorama Holland 7

Publisher

Ambo Anthos

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The Netherlands
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