Walter van den Berg

Walter van den Berg (b. 1970) made his debut with De hondenkoning (The Dog King, 2004), a short novel about a lonely computer programmer who falls in love with the underage girl next door, which received great reviews and was announced as best debut in Esquire magazine. Three years later West appeared, which featured on the longlist of the Gouden Uil. Van den Berg writes for different magazines and newspapers.

You Can’t Beat a Dead Man

You Can’t Beat a Dead Man

(De Bezige Bij, 2013, 224 pages)

Walter van den Berg grew up in a seedy neighbourhood, about which he has written two well-received, evocative novels. In this latest book he returns to Amsterdam West in the 1970s, where a new man arrives on the scene soon after his father’s death. Rather than a lifesaver, the stepfather turns out to be a violent character who dominates both mother and son.

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