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Pastoral (Pastorale)



Original Language: Dutch | 288 pp. | November 2019

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. Dutch Rights

Under option: France, Hungary


The siblings Oscar and Louise grew up on a dilapidated estate near a village that is divided in two parts: a strictly religious, Dutch reformed part and a Moluccan part, consisting of refugees from the Dutch former colonies. The members of the two neighbourhoods regard each other with suspicion. Oscar, in his last years in high school, cannot wait to go to college in the big city, just like his sister has done. Louise however returns to her place of birth, asking herself if leaving it all behind has provided her with new insights.

Pastoral, the eagerly awaited new novel by Stephan Enter, is about a first, impossible and awkward love. About the inevitable question if you can ever regain the happiness you felt as a young child. But in the end the most important question the novel poses is: what do you do if you find out the roots that constitute the foundation of your life turn out to be rotten?

Stephan Enter published his first book, a volume of short stories, Winter Hands, in 1999, followed by three novels Light Years (2004), Game (2007) and Grip (2011) and Compassion (2015). Grip was his breakthrough novel, and sold over 50,000 copies. It received universal praise, was nominated for the Libris Prize for Literature and the AKO Literature Prize, and it won the Golden BookOwl Award, the C.C.S. Crone Prize and the F. Bordewijk-Award.