Machteld Siegmann

Machteld Siegmann (b. 1972) studied Dutch Language and Literature and Cultural History and is a writer and editor. Her 2019 debut, De kaalvreter (The Days of the Locust), put Siegmann on the map as a new talent on the Dutch literary scene. It earned her several awards, including the Bronze Owl jury and readers’ awards, a Flemish literary prize given out to the best debut novel every year. It was also nominated for both the Dutch Bookstore Prize and the Heb- ban Debut Prize. Waiting for Morning is her second novel.

Waiting for Morning

Waiting for Morning

(Ambo Anthos, 2022, 216 pages)

We only hear one voice in Waiting for Morning, Machteld Siegmann’s second novel: that of a 72-year-old man. During a sleepless night right before Christmas he tells his life story to his granddaughter’s downstairs neighbour while waiting for her to go into labour. It’s a story that will hold the reader spellbound for more than two hundred pages.

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