Peter Terrin / Peter Terrin – All The Blue

Peter Terrin – All The Blue

Peter Terrin – All The Blue

Winner of the Confituur Bookseller Prize 2022

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  • Liebeskind (Germany)
  • Augusti (Sweden)

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About the book

Simon is nineteen years old when he walks out in the middle of a lecture and drops out of university. He feels lost and doesn’t know how to relate to the village and the modest world he grew up in. Together with his best friend Marc, he whiles away long hours in the Azzurra, a poolside café in the nearby provincial city. It is there, surrounded by the blue brilliance of the pool lit up at night, that a passionate relationship arises between Simon and Carla Binotto, an Italian bartender twenty years his senior. There are rumours about her troubled past and about John, her boorish husband. In hypnotic prose, Pete Terrin carries the reader back to the late eighties and to Carla and Simon, who each find themselves at a turning point in their lives, facing impossible choices.

‘Peter Terrin has once again delivered a pitch-perfect book, in its mood and intensity reminiscent of novels by Graham Swift and Ian McEwan.’ – TROUW

‘Terrin describes their love as warm, full and greedy. Their love-making is electrifying (…) It is the way in which he describes the rest, coolly but dramatically, like a sob held in with all one’s might. It tightens itself around your neck like a steel wire.’**** – DE VOLKSKRANT

‘Bells and whistles are lost on him, as are earth-shattering events. Terrin goes in search of the great drama of a little life.’**** – KNACK

Peter Terrin (b. 1968) won the prestigious AKO Literature Prize in 2012 for his novel Post Mortem. Both The Guard (2009) and Monte Carlo (2014) were shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize. In 2016 he published Yucca, which was nominated for the Gouden Strop Award and shortlisted for the ECI Literature Prize. His novel Patricia (2018) was widely praised by critics and readers alike. Peter Terrin’s work has been translated into numerous languages, including English, French, German and Japanese.

© Peter Terrin

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403122717
  • Number of pages: 272
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €21,99
  • English sample available