State of Denial

Original title: Staat van ontkenning

Author: Rozing, Erik

Publication Date:

January 2022



Original language and publisher

Dutch | Meulenhoff

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. Dutch


Literary Fiction

State of Denial

Original title: Staat van ontkenning

Author: Rozing, Erik


‘With a skilled hand, humor and an eye for detail, Rozing leads you in State of Denial to the inevitable denouement, after which he leaves you with the uneasy feeling that it isn’t even that far-fetched.’ de Volkskrant

‘A cheerful, exciting, clearly written novel of ideas. You won’t be bored for a second.’ **** De Limburger

Sea levels are rising rapidly, causing major damage to the coastline and dividing the population. Failing climate policies cause desperation amongst the younger generation as they decide to take matters into their own hands. Astrid Franken must step up to turn the tide after a minister is killed in a terrorist attack. As deputy prime minister, she is trying to keep the country and her family together. Her husband Victor, a brilliant and controversial scientist, has a secret that is weighing on their marriage. And her teenage son, Adam, seems to know more about the terrorist attack than he is letting on.

As the threat of the sea increases, Astrid must do whatever she can to save a country that is in danger of falling apart, just like her unusual family.

Marketing Information

  • English sample available
  • 4**** review in NRC; read the English translation of the review here