Tommy Wieringa / Tommy Wieringa – These Are the Names

Tommy Wieringa – These Are the Names

Tommy Wieringa – These Are the Names

Rights sold

  • Edhasa (Argentina)
  • Buybook (Bosnia)
  • Tiderne Skifter (Denmark)
  • Al Arabi (Egypt)
  • Actes Sud (France)
  • Hanser (Germany)
  • Libri (Hungary)
  • Iperborea (Italy)
  • Antalog (Macedonia)
  • Solbitkil  (South-Korea)
  • Brombergs (Sweden)
  • Scribe (UK, ANZ)
  • Melville House (United States)


Read our sample translation of These Are the Names 


About the book

A border town on the steppe. A group of bedraggled refugees appears out of nowhere, spreading fear and panic in the town. When police commissioner Pontus Beg orders their arrest, evidence of a crime is found in their luggage. As he begins to unravel the history of their hellish journey, it becomes increasingly intertwined with the search for his own origins. Through a meeting with an old rabbi, the last Jew in town, Beg discovers the truth about himself. With both humour and wisdom, Tommy Wieringa links man’s dark nature with the question of who we are and whether redemption is possible.

Wieringa has raised the bar yet again. Compared to his earlier work, the novel’s structure is tighter and more focused and the chapters are as neatly trimmed as box hedges. This is a monumental novel that showcases both intelligence, discipline and originality (‘he had the heart of a whale’) and Wieringa’s almost passionate drive for perfection. His vast scope has become an indisputable trademark. The Netherlands is too small for Wieringa. – de Volkskrant

Structurally sound and highly intelligent. Wieringa will make you think and keep you reading eagerly to the final page. – Claire Lowdon, Times Literary Supplement

Tommy Wieringa can do poetry ... but that's not what makes this book such a bewitching delight. What Wieringa does best is people; with a few cherry-picked words he creates a townful of wholly believable, empathetic characters, each subtly leaking their own past, so that within a few pages the reader is surrounded by voices, in turns funny, bitter, hopeful, melancholy, gleefully mercenary and tenderly benign ... I can't recommend this profound, thoughtful, truthful book enough. – Jane Graham, Big Issue


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.

© Gary Doak

Additional book information

  • novel
  • ISBN 9789023489917
  • Number of pages: 304
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 12,50
  • English sample available