Bert Natter / Bert Natter – They Will Think We Are Angels

Bert Natter – They Will Think We Are Angels

Bert Natter – They Will Think We Are Angels

About the book

The last beautiful day of the year. At a terrace on a square in the middle of the city a man and woman have just met. An armoured car drives at high speed into the crowd of shoppers and crashes into a storefront a little further on. An enormous explosion follows. When a police bus stops in the middle of the square, the coast looks clear, but then all hell breaks loose. Under a table, the man and woman wait in each other’s arms for death, which doesn’t come.

In this astonishing and timely novel, Bert Natter sketches an image of our time that is as unsettling as it is piercing.

‘This novel is beautiful. From the very start I was drawn into a world that is wide and begins with a resounding bang then gradually becomes narrower, confined and silent, until I, just like Alfred, became locked up in his head.’ - Trouw

‘Natter appropriately keeps sentimentality and big words at bay. At the same time he creates a feeling of growing melancholy, which washed over me in the final pages like a wave.’ - De Groene Amsterdammer

‘A delightful page-turner.’ - VPRO Gids

‘Intriguing and surreal.’ - HP De Tijd


Bert Natter (b. 1968) made his debut in 2008 with Desire Has Touched Us, which won him the Selexyz Debut Prize and the Lucy B. & C.W. van der Hoogt Prize. In 2012 he published What’s the Story with Love?, about which Vrij Nederland wrote: ‘A deft, successful example of remarkable narrative talent.’ His novel Remington, published in 2015, was nominated for the ECI Literature Prize, while Goldberg was shortlisted for the ECI Literature Prize in 2016.

(c) Merlijn Doomernik

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789400407640
  • Number of pages: 288
  • World rights: Thomas Rap
  • Price: € 19,99