Erwin Mortier / Erwin Mortier – The Immaculate

Erwin Mortier – The Immaculate

Erwin Mortier – The Immaculate

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About the book

In The Immaculate, Marcel returns home in a final attempt to break through the suppressed past and discover why he is named after a great uncle who died on the Eastern Front. Mortier’s sequel to his acclaimed and prize-winning debut novel Marcel is once again a dark family history, in which the Flemish clay is ruthlessly turned over to bring the dark past to light. And Mortier does so magnificently with his elegant, evocative style in which not a word, letter or comma is out of place and which teems with marvellous images. With this long-awaited novel about the complexity of love, Erwin Mortier confirms yet again that he belongs to the highest class of Dutch-language literature.

Press on previous work:

‘Mortier is superb… a poised consideration of war’s long impact on feeling and faith.’ – KIRKUS REVIEWS

‘Almost too beautiful a writer...the footprint of Proust is visible on every page.’ – FINANCIAL TIMES

‘The subtlety with which Mortier brings together aesthetics and tragedy and lays out his narrative is breathtaking. Everything in this novel is precisely on target. Our verdict, in one word? Masterly.’ – DE STANDAARD


Erwin mortier (b. 1965) made his mark in 1999 with his debut novel Marcel, which was awarded various prizes, nominated for the most important literary awards and published in seven languages. In 2015, his novel While the Gods Were Sleeping won the prestigious AKO Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Stammered Songbook received unanimous praise and won the 2013 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger in the essay category. Five of his major works have been published in English by Pushkin Press.

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Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403160603
  • Number of pages: 240
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €20,99
  • English sample available