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The dinner

The dinner

Koch, Herman, 1953-

A summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food, the conversation remains a gentle hum. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said. And with every forced smile the knives are being sharpened

Paperback, Book. English. Fiction in translation.
Published London: Atlantic, 2012
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Available at Dulwich and John Harvard.

  • Dulwich – One available in FICTION

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    18905129 FICTION Adult Fiction Available
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Statement of responsibility: Herman Koch ; translated by Sam Garrett
ISBN: 1848873824, 9781848873827
Language note: Translated from the Dutch.
Physical Description: 352 p. ; 21 cm.

Author note

Herman Koch, born in 1953, is a Dutch writer. He was a renowned television actor on the series Jiskefet and a former columnist for the newspaper Volkskrant. The Dinner is his sixth novel and has already won the prestigious Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. Herman Koch currently lives in Amsterdam.


An essential summer read
Independent Magazine||The talking point of the summer
Sunday Times||I'm confidently predicting that The Dinner will become this summer's literary talk of the town... Order yours now
Evening Standard||Rather like The Slap it is set to become a contentious must-read. It may thrill, chill or cheat, but it is undeniably riveting
Independent||Shivers kept shooting up my backbone as I became engrossed in Koch's darkly disturbing tale of family life... As the dinner disintegrates into mayhem, we discover just how far the middle classes will go to protect their monstrous offspring
Daily Mail||The perfect undemanding, credible, terrifying beach read
Financial Times||Proves how powerful fiction can be in illuminating the modern world... The best beach read of the season