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Love, if You Say So (Liefde, Als Dat Het Is)

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Original Language: Dutch | 208 pp. | June 2019

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. Dutch Rights

Under option: Germany, Denmark

LITERARY FICTION

‘Marijke Schermer flawlessly analyzes how love takes its course.’ — Het Parool

‘On every page Schermer excels with sentences that seem ordinary, but are packed with meaning. After every striking sentence, I had to put the book down for a while. This book is about love – if you say so, of course – and who has not become its victim?’ — Trouw

‘Schermer’ technical ingenuity traps you and makes you question your standards, assumptions and blind spots. […] This is a big and definitive, but also investigative story about love. Schermer is becoming one of the most interesting writers in the Netherlands fast. ***** NRC Handelsblad

Love, If You Say So tells about the many manifestations of love: adolescent romanticism, lust, ‘till death do us part’, or the intense, fleeting moment. It’s a highly modern story about an eternal subject.

A woman leaves her children and her marriage of twenty years. Her husband takes care of their two daughters, who are falling in love for the first time. These four people start to question their identity outside the nuclear family. What remains of a disintegrated home, and what changes?

What is freedom? Marijke Schermer skilfully shows how these four characters develop: by shifting perspective her novel is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a separation. Love, if you say so tells about the many manifestations of love: adolescent romanticism, lust, ‘till death do us part’, or the intense, fleeting moment. It’s a highly modern story about an eternal subject.

Marijke Schermer (1975) is a playwright and a novelist. Her plays were performed by various famous theatre companies and have been translated. Her first novel, People in the Sun, was published in 2013 and was voted ‘best debut’ by Trouw. Her second novel, Debris, was published in in 2016, to much acclaim, and was translated in Danish (Grif), German (Kampa Verlag) and Spanish (Alfaguara).

Praise for Debris:

Schermer’s work recalls that of Ian McEwan. […] Truly outstanding literature. – NRC Handelsblad ****

Debris is a novel you have to talk about, later on. — Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark