Author

Thomas Heerma van Voss

Thomas Heerma van Voss (b. 1991) made his debut in 2009 with the novel The Everything Table. In 2013 it was followed by the novel Stern and he was hailed as the most promising new voice in the Dutch literary world. In 2014 he published the short-story collection The Third Person, which was nominated for the BNG Literature Prize. Conditions (2020), his third novel, was longlisted for the Libris Literature Prize and the Boekenbon Literature Prize.

Stern

Stern

(Thomas Rap, 2013, 216 pages)

Stern is a tragic story, in some ways reminiscent of Louis Begley’s About Schmidt. The main character is a man forced to retire and make room for a new generation, who finds himself confronted with the emptiness of his existence.

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Passengers/ Stragglers

Passengers/ Stragglers

(Dasmag, 2022, 245 pages)

Thomas Heerma van Voss’ new collection contains six stories about people who are spectators in their own lives. Often they are searching for meaning in an unpredictable world. There is a son who, with a combination of empathy and distance, describes the minutiae of his mother’s life – she is a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage who beseeches him, ‘I did show you enough love and affection when you were little, didn’t I?’ The astute gaze in these stories is reminiscent of the work of A.M. Homes or Sally Rooney. An unforgettable collection, which, despite dealing with heavy subject matter, offers room for hope and comfort.

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