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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780857056085

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A masterpiece of literary craft and concision; sparse, beautiful and hugely affecting – Daily Mail

Since the liberation of the Netherlands, Emma Verweij has been living in Rotterdam, in a street which became a stronghold of friendships for its inhabitants during the Second World War. She marries Bruno, they have two sons, and she determines to block out the years she spent in Nazi Berlin during the war, with her first husband Carl.

But now, ninety-six years old and on the eve of her death, long- forgotten memories crowd again into her consciousness, flashbacks of happier years, and the tragedy of the war, of Carl, of her father, and of the friends she has lost.

In The Longest Night, his impressive, reflective new novel after News from Berlin, Otto de Kat deftly distils momentous events of 20th-century history into the lives of his characters. In Emma, the past and the present coincide in limpid fragments of rare, melancholy beauty.

Translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson

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One of the Netherlands' most compelling literary voices
Irish Examiner
These are novels of subtle emotional distance . . . as physical as a blow to the heart
Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
De Kat mixes great moral issues with historical events. This is his literary art. The Longest Night is melancholic and brilliantly written.
Marianne Mielke, Radio Berlin.
Otto de Kat has created a small masterpiece.
Nürnberger Zeitung.
The De Kat Express takes you on a journey without borders.
NRC Handelsblad.
An exceedingly beautiful novel that you read breathless till the end.
E.O. Vision.
A masterpiece of literary craft and concision; sparse, beautiful and hugely affecting.
John Harding, Daily Mail
[A] powerful novel, exploring the impact of war through the lives of its memorable characters.
The Lady