Oscar van den Boogaard / Oscar van den Boogaard – The Hunting Lodge

Oscar van den Boogaard – The Hunting Lodge

Oscar van den Boogaard – The Hunting Lodge


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About the book

After his mother Elsie’s death, eighteen-year-old Maxwell travels to Suriname, the paradise where he spent the first years of his childhood. As soon as he arrives at the river Marowijne on the national border with French Guyana, he recalls the dramatic crossing he made with his parents a few years before. When the family returns to the Netherlands at the end of the 1960s, they move into a dark hunting lodge on royal grounds. The estate manager’s adult son has an unhealthy fixation with Maxwell, who by then begins to suspect that he is the son of the prince and not his father Jim. When Maxwell is twelve years old, Jim finds himself transferred to Suriname again. The prince, enmeshed in the Lockheed Affair, craves Elsie’s attention. When he visits the lodge the harmony seems restored, but each time he leaves Maxwell feels guilty towards Jim for being a secret child. Maxwell’s salvation arrives in the form of the new neighbours, a childless couple with a collection of contemporary art, who welcome him as their own son.


This game of fact and fiction fits the literary theme in Van Den Boogaard’s work perfectly: fluent identity. ***** – ELSEVIER

On Child Soldier:

‘A magnum opus. Child Soldier has the required magnitude and class... an author at the peak of his powers.’ ***** – DE STANDAARD

‘A literary pearl. The best of this writer thus far.’ ***** – HET NIEUWSBLAD


Oscar van den boogaard (b. 1964) grew up in Suriname and the Netherlands. He studied law and French, but after working briefly as a lawyer he chose to become a writer. His work, including Julia’s Delight, Love’s Death and More Than a Lover, has been translated and filmed. In 2018, his novel Child Soldier was published. This modern Buddenbrooks sketches the interwoven history of two aristocratic families through the eyes of their last of kin, who suspects that he is the son of Prince Bernhard. Van den Boogard currently lives between Berlin, Antwerp and Sint Martens Latem, an artists’ village near Ghent.

© Michiel Hendryckx

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403143002
  • Number of pages: 400
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €25,00
  • English sample available