Jan van Mersbergen

The Unexpected Wealth of Altena

Frank and Marlies live with their handicapped son in a typical village in the Dutch polder. One day they meet a Japanese gentleman who gives them the key to a fortune: there is a treasure in the local lake.

After her initial excitement and happiness fades, Marlies struggles with the question of how to make the most of their wealth and who can share in it.

Van Mersbergen’s 12th book is a modern parable about solidarity and an ode to the sense of belonging in the countryside.

Jan van Mersbergen

Jan van Mersbergen (b. 1971) made his debut in 2001 with the novel De grasbijter (‘The Grass-Eater’). His central theme can be summed up as ‘men on the run’. Van Mersbergen’s main characters are gruff and graceless men of few words who like their drink and yet harbour a sensitive…

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De onverwachte rijkdom van Altena (2019)., 268 pages.



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