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A Day in the Life of a Dog (Uit het leven van een hond)



Original Language: Dutch | 156 pp. | February 2019

2 Seas represents: World Excl. Dutch rights.


There is no other Dutch writer who can make life shine and sparkle the way Sander Kollaard does. — De Groene Amsterdammer

A rich book, full of marvellous phrases, metaphors and observations; at the same time it is all implicit, calm and small. That is what Kollaard is all about: showing greatness in the ordinary. Kollaard shows what literature can do. ***** NRC Handelsblad

A Day in the Life of a Dog takes place on a seemingly ordinary Saturday. Henk van Doorn, 56, ICU nurse, single, wakes up, has breakfast, walks the dog, goes to the supermarket. This day however will turn out to be anything but ordinary: Henk finds out his dog is ill. The animal will die, not today, nor tomorrow, but soon. A train of existential thoughts is set in motion: time only has one direction; we are vulnerable beings; and we live in elementary loneliness, no matter how much love we find.

Despite its tragic premise A Day in the Life of a Dog is an irresistibly life affirming book. Henk is able to transform the acute sense of mortality into a powerful carpe diem. At the end of the day we see the protagonist, in clairvoyant drunkenness, with his dog on the couch. What kind of day was this exactly? A cleansing experience? A catharsis? No, it was just a day in the life, time that has passed, a life that was lived.

Sander Kollaard (1961) lives and works in Sweden since 2006. His debut novel, Stage IV, was published in 2015 and was chosen as Book of the Month in Hollands most influential tv show, De Wereld Draait Door. The novel sold over 10,000 copies, and was published in Germany (A1 Verlag) and the US (Amazon Crossing).