Peter Vermeersch / Peter Vermeersch – Notes On a Murder

Peter Vermeersch – Notes On a Murder

Peter Vermeersch – Notes On a Murder

About the book

One morning Peter Vermeersch receives a letter summoning him for jury service—the Belgian judiciary system is no stranger to trial by jury, though it hasn’t been used for a long time. The charge against the young man is robbery-murder. Before he knows it, Vermeersch finds himself sitting in the Palace of Justice in Brussels. Along with the other jury members, he must deal with questions about the facts of the murder, the rituals of the judiciary system and a skittish creature of a suspect. What does it feel like to be a victim, or the bereaved? What do you do to someone when you punish them? Does it help?

‘Vermeersch surpasses himself with Notes on a Murder: the book is an enormously gripping call to think very deeply about how we handle criminals and victims.’ - Mark Schaevers

‘A rare combination of beauty and engagement.’ – David Van Reybrouck, Author


Peter vermeersch (b. 1972) is a professor of social science and politics and a writer of literary non-fiction. He publishes essays, prose and poetry in, among other publications, De Correspondent and McSweeney’s. His previous work, Ex: About a Country Gone Missing, was nominated for the Bob den Uyl Prize, the Golden Owl Prize and the E. du Perron Prize. In 2016 he was awarded the Humanities Prize by the province of West-Flanders.

© Michiel Hendryckx

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403166407
  • Number of pages: 336
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 22,99