Tommy Wieringa / Tommy Wieringa – The Death of Murat Idrissi

Tommy Wieringa – The Death of Murat Idrissi

Tommy Wieringa – The Death of Murat Idrissi

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  • Alef Yayinevi (Turkey)
  • Éditions Stock (France)
  • Iperborea (Italy)
  • Random House Literatura (Spain)
  • Scribe (UK & ANZ)

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About the book

The ferry from Tangier to Algeciras, a fierce wind blows through the Gibraltar Strait. In the hold of the ship, hidden in a car boot, a young man dies.

Soon afterwards, two young Moroccan-Dutch women enter Spain with the dead stowaway in their car. The land stretches out before them, vast and empty. On either side of the asphalt lies the desert. What started as a light-hearted adventure has now become their fate.

In 2004 Tommy Wieringa attended a court case where he took down the account which forms the basis for The Death of Murat Idrissi. Hundreds of anonymous corpses are found every year along the Spanish motorways, belonging to those who have failed to survive the journey over. The Death of Murat Idrissi describes the fate of one of them, as well as that of two daughters of migrants, who feel like foreigners, both in their parents’ home country and in the Netherlands.

Wieringa drives up the tension of a thriller in light, smoothly rolling sentences which seem to play no part in the atrocities they describe. **** - De Volkskrant

The new Tommy Wieringa soon changes from a road trip novel into a nightmare. **** - De Standaard


Tommy Wieringa (b. 1967) is the author of the best-selling novels Joe Speedboot (F. Bordewijk Prize 2006) , Caesarion (Little Caesar, shortlisted for the IMPAC Literary Award 2013) and Dit zijn de namen (These Are the Names). These Are the Names was awarded the Golden Owl Reader Prize, the Libris Literature Prize and the Golden Inktaap (a youth prize) and was shortlisted for the Premio Strega Europeo and the Gregor von Rezzori Prize.. His work has been published in more than fifteen countries and has garnered praise both at home and abroad.

Wieringa was ranked the most important Dutch author of 2013 on a new author rank list (Editio top 35) which considers critical acclaim, sales numbers, international success and public profile. These Are The Names was put on stage by NT Gent.

© Gary Doak

Additional book information

  • Novella
  • ISBN 9789048836864
  • Number of pages: 128
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 9,99