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Rather No Applause Before I Live (Liever geen applaus voor ik leef)

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Original Language: Dutch | 256 pp. | April 2015

2 Seas Represents: World Excl Dutch.

LITERARY FICTION

‘A funny, smart and sweet story.’ – Brabrants Dagblad
‘This novel belongs to the category of promising debuts of young writers.’ – De Gelderlander
‘Sincere appeal for slowing down.’ – Eindhovens Dagblad
‘At the best moments Sander van Leeuwen succeeds in generating compassing for his characters who are caught up in melancholy.’ – De Groene Amsterdammer

Twenty-four year old Thomas is stuck in his life. His days are a long chain of repetitive chores and he feels he is nothing more than a footnote in the lives of others. He desperately tries to get himself to do something, but nothing changes. He then receives a letter from a girl he doesn’t know, called Anna. She lives in Scotland and completely out of the blue she writes him very personal letters. Thomas, fascinated, can’t stop himself from answering her and a correspondence arises. The tone of Anna’s letters is increasingly dark, reminding Thomas of his best friend Frank, who committed suicide a few years ago. Driven by guilt, Thomas decides he will help Anna. He has to save her. But things turn out not to be that simple…