Martijn Simons / Martijn Simons – Heidelberg

Martijn Simons – Heidelberg

Martijn Simons – Heidelberg

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About the book

The Wagenaars used to be a picture-perfect family. With good jobs, a stable home and an affordable mortgage, Willem and Annet were living the dream and their three boys seemed destined for great futures. Now Willem, Annet, Micha and Ruben are traveling to Heidelberg, Germany, where Ruben is to be awarded his doctorate. Following the ceremony, they will be scattering the ashes of their eldest son, Cas. During the trip, it becomes apparent that they are each looking for their own way to come to terms with this huge loss – and that their individual lives have actually been in a state of crisis for quite some time.

Heidelberg is a confronting novel about grief and strained family ties.

'This is compelling, apt and engaging storytelling. An entertaining, gripping, expansive novel with multiple perspectives, many different storylines and one single, straightforward premise that ends up bringing all of those threads together.' - **** NRC Handelsblad

'Simons' sharp gaze is conveyed in lucid prose that seems plain, but on closer inspection turns out to be full of original turns of phrase and wry humor.' - Het Parool

'From different perspectives a family drama slowly unfolds. This turn of events is inevitable, which makes it all the more tragic. A touching story.' - Zin Magazine


Martijn Simons (b. 1985) is a writer and teaches Dutch. His published novels include Summer Sleep (2010) and My Name is Julius (2015). Together with Casper Vandeputte he wrote the novel Destiny (2019) under the collaborative pen name Simon Caspers. His previous novel, The Dutch Dream (2020), was awarded the BNG Literature Prize.

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Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789400408890
  • Number of pages: 477
  • World rights: Thomas Rap
  • Price: €24,99
  • English sample available