Nikki Dekker / Nikki Dekker – deepdeepblue

Nikki Dekker – deepdeepblue

Nikki Dekker – deepdeepblue

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About the book

Anemonefish always live in groups that contain one female (the biggest fish) and a harem of males (or family, depending on how you look at it). The largest male mates with the female. When the female dies, the largest male then becomes a female and mates with the second-largest male, who is then the largest. And so the circle continues. You are not born female, but you turn yourself into a female when circumstances demand it.

Without a swimming certificate, your chances of survival diminish, as the narrator of deepdeepblue knows. She has learned how to remain calm in turbulent waters and that when the sea is rough, it’s best to dive to the bottom and let the roaring waves crash over you. But in real life, such lessons are of little value.

In her debut novel, Nikki Dekker explores what the creatures of the deep can teach us about love and identity in an associative way.

 deepdeepblue is a rich, essay-like novel about the unstoppable longing for unknown places, other lives, and the water that always sustains us.

‘Immerse yourself in this sensitive quest and be enchanted by what is going on deep beneath the surface.’ – het Parool

‘An extraordinary debut. **** – de Leeuwarder Courant

‘This mixture creates surprising connections, creating a new frame of reference. They lead to the question of the novel: where do we find our examples?’ – NRC Handelsblad

‘It doesn't seem like a good idea at all for a debutant, a mosaic narrative full of autobiographical snippets, but it works great.’ – Trouw from ‘These are the best literary debuts of the past six months’

‘No animal so crazy or Dekker recognizes something of herself in it.’ – de Volkskrant


NIKKI DEKKER (b. 1989) is a writer and radio producer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Tirade, De Gids and De Revisor. Dekker was nominated for the Prix Europa for her radio documentary The Babysitter and Me. deepdeepblue is her first novel.

© Keke Keukelaar

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403120911
  • Number of pages: 304
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €22,99
  • English sample available