Marcel Möring / Marcel Möring – Eden

Marcel Möring – Eden

Marcel Möring – Eden

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About the book

Eden is the story of a nameless child who grows up in a forest so vast and sprawling that he has no knowledge of the world beyond it. The reader watches as he flees one day from an act he did not commit. In a psychiatric hospital a patient commits suicide. Another patient, found as if dead in city woodland, no longer knows who he is. And there is the mysterious Stephanie, too, who on the face of it has nothing wrong with her. Psychiatrist Mendel Adenauer sees his institution as the place where society’s driftwood washes up and he wonders whether he is right to think that people and the world can be healed.


Moral, eclectic, compelling novel with a historic focus reaching back to the Middle Ages. – Trouw

Eden is the most stimulating on the most abstract level […] Everything has a function in Marcel Möring’s new book. – NRC Handelsblad

Eden is a […] rich tale of identity and a search for a home. **** – AD Magazine

It is a book full of puzzles, but compelling from the first page to the last. **** – Leidsch Dagblad

Though his novels bear unmistakeable, post-modern markings in style, be it a graphic novel segment inserted between (in Dis), or sentences fashioned into the form of a tree (in Eden), while reading you maintain this picture in your head of a writer trekking across the pages, an actual, massive burlap sack slung over his shoulder containing just about the entire cultural history of Europe. – De Groene Amsterdammer

In Eden, the reader is once again bound to the edge of her seat with time jumps, side stories, fairy tales, folk tales, sagas, pornography, pyscho-chat and a quest after the book of archangel Raziël. Not to mention the perspective and style shifts, the font and graphic disruptions in the form of drawings. ***** – Leeuwarder Courant


Marcel Möring (b. 1957) is widely considered the leading Dutch author of the day. Publication of his first novel, Mendel (1990), was an instant success, winning the Geertjan Lubberhuizen Prize for Best Debut. His second novel, The Great Longing (1992), was a bestseller and won the country’s most prestigious prize, the ako. It was translated into many languages. Möring’s third book was the novella Decay is the Way of All Flesh (2008). In Babylon (1997) won two Golden Owl Prizes, an award for the best Dutch language book of 1998. His novel In a Dark Wood (2006) was awarded the Bordewijk Prize for the best Dutch novel. Mountain of Purgation was published in 2011. Möring’s work has been widely translated all over the world.

© Harry Cock

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789023496144
  • Number of pages: 408 pages
  • World Rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 19,90
  • English sample available