Marcia Luyten / Marcia Luyten – Máxima Zorreguieta: Motherland

Marcia Luyten – Máxima Zorreguieta: Motherland

Marcia Luyten – Máxima Zorreguieta: Motherland

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About the book

From the moment that Máxima Zorreguieta appears at the Dutch crown prince’s side, she finds herself in the limelight. History teaches us: whoever marries a monarch, cannot expect an easy life. How is it that this Argentine has flourished at an old European court? Fifty years ago, Queen Máxima was born in a country in decline. Argentina had missed its great future and was fleeing into nostalgia. The Argentinian tragedy forces its way into her family when her father joins the military dictatorship. What was self-evident in Maxima’s childhood will leave deep scars on her later life.

In Máxima Zorreguieta: Motherland, the first book of a biographical portrait in two parts, Marcia Luyten shows how Queen Máxima has been shaped by the country of her birth. By the big history of a country that dreamed of glory, and by the smaller history of a family bond, great expectations and unconditional friendship. Máxima ventures the crossing from Buenos Aires to Wall Street and the jet-set of Manhattan, but only after a personal struggle. Máxima Zorreguieta’s free life in Manhattan comes to an end on 31 August 1999, when the press reveals she is the Dutch crown prince’s girlfriend.


‘A captivating history. Marcia Luyten pulls out the literary stops; her language is baroque, spiced and full of compassion.’ ***** – de Volkskrant

‘Recorded with her heart and soul: a region and a family, lost among Dutch history.’ – Geert Mak, author

‘The Luck of Limburg is a beautiful, but above all necessary book.’ – Annejet van der Zijl, Historisch Nieuwsblad

Marcia Luyten  (b. 1971) is a cultural historian and economist. Her book The Luck of Limburg (2015) sold 50,000 copies. It was awarded the Brusse Prize for best journalistic book. Previous works include Goodbye Africa, Seeing Blind and White Person, Give Money. She is a columnist for daily newspapers and presenter on political television and radio programmes.

© Keke Keukelaar

Additional book information

  • Biography
  • ISBN 9789403194806
  • Number of pages: 352
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €26,99
  • English sample available