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An Untouched House by Willem Frederik Hermans, David Colmer

An Untouched House

Willem Frederik Hermans, David Colmer

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Imprint: Pushkin Press
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication date: 5 Jul 2018
ISBN: 9781782274445
5 stars out of 5
29 Jul 2018

"hauntingly strange"

An Untouched House by Willem Frederik Hermans, translated by David Colmer (Pushkin £7.99), is so hauntingly strange as to be like a dream, but one that becomes a violent nightmare... Hermans is one of Holland’s great 20th-century writers, yet little of his work has been translated... Comparisons with Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut and even Kafka are not unreasonable, but Hermans has his own strong flavour. An Untouched House is shocking, and the seeming collapse of moral consequence is properly unsettling. It would certainly be good to have a lot more of Hermans’s work available here.

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