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Land of Dates and Princes (Land van dadels en prinsen)



Original Language: Dutch | 240 pp. | October 2019

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. Dutch.

English sample available


On friendship, treason, terrorism, migration and life in this modern age.

After a fight with his father, 15-year old Simon decides to spend the summer at his uncle’s house in the Parisian banlieue. He meets Youssef, an Algerian boy who is drawn to adventure. The two become inseparable in no time. Together they roam the city’s roofs, increasingly higher, in search for a feeling of freedom. But when Simon incidentally discovers Youssef’s biggest secret, their friendship is put to the test. The boys quickly drift apart, which prompts a series of events that will prove fatal to themselves and to many others.

Frank Nellen is a jurist and researcher. In 2017 he obtained a doctorate at the University of Maastricht, where he has held a teaching position in fiscal law. He is also active as a comedian and a writer of prose. Land of Dates and Princes is his debut novel.