Author

Saskia Goldschmidt

Saskia Goldschmidt (b. 1954) made her debut in 2011 with Verplicht gelukkig, portret van een familie (Obliged to be Happy: Portrait of a Family), the story of her search for her Jewish family history that had previously been swept under the rug. In 2012 she published the successful novel De hormoonfabriek (The Hormone Factory), which was followed by De voddenkoningin (The Vintage Queen) and Shocked Earth. She also edited Dagboek uit Bergen-Belsen (Diary from Bergen-Belsen) by Renata Laqueur.

Obliged To Be Happy

Obliged To Be Happy

Portrait of a Family

(Cossee, 2011, 285 pages)

There are talkers and silent types. But there are also fathers who are neither one nor the other. Paul Goldschmidt, a well-known speech therapist, is an expert at making contact with children who are unable speak. With them, he never has to discuss the war years, which are ever-present in the Amsterdam house where this willful, creative, and vain man lives with his family. A hero to his patients, he is unreachable and absent to his four children who ’have never experienced anything and should therefore be happy’.

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The Hormone Factory

The Hormone Factory

(Cossee, 2012, 285 pages)

In her debut as a novelist, Saskia Gold­schmidt has chosen the true story of two brothers and a scientist who set up a pharmaceutical factory in the years running up to the Second World War. The author transforms this story into a tragedy of biblical proportions, with hormones flying all over the place.

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Kukuruznik

Kukuruznik

(Meulenhoff Boekerij, 2023, 400 pages)

After the death of her father Boaz, Noa finds a chest full of documents about courageous female aviators and a stack of letters. As she studies this inheritance, she begins to realise that this chest also contains the key to her own past.

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Website

https://saskiagoldschmidt.nl/