Gerwin van der Werf

Gerwin van der Werf (b. 1969) is a musicologist, teacher and regular columnist for the Dutch newspaper Trouw. His novel Wild (2011) was longlisted for the Libris Literature Prize. Een onbarmhartig pad (A Merciless Road) is his fourth novel.

A Merciless Road

A Merciless Road

(Atlas Contact, 2018, 232 pages)

Tiddo, the narrator of this tense and tautly constructed novel, decides to save his marriage by hiring a camper and touring Iceland with his wife and son. Setting out with the best of intentions, he not only puts his own life in danger but also the lives of his family. A chilling examination of how the will to do good can tear us apart.

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