W.F. Hermans / W.F. Hermans – Memories of a Guardian Angel

W.F. Hermans – Memories of a Guardian Angel

W.F. Hermans – Memories of a Guardian Angel

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  • Archipelago (North America)
  • Pushkin Press (UK & Commonwealth)
  • Helicon Plus (Russia)


About the book

In this gripping war novel, Willem Frederik Hermans shows that human interactions are not purposeful, but instead amount to no more than a string of randomness and error. On the eve of WWII, a public attorney, devastated because his Jewish lover fled without him, runs over young girl living clandestinely in the Netherlands. He is torn by grief at the loss of his girlfriend and guilt about the accident, which is enshrouded in puzzles that he attempts to unravel while the world around him collapses. In the meantime, he is looked after by a guardian angel, who whispers him warnings, and by the Devil, who exploits the same admonitions. Memories of a Guardian Angel is an outstanding and thrilling novel that holds a place of honour within Hermans’ oeuvre.


Willem Frederik Hermans (1921-1995) was one of the most prolific and versatile Dutch authors of the twentieth century. In 1977 he received the Dutch Literature Prize – the most prestigious literary prize in the Netherlands. He wrote an enormously varied oeuvre and stands as one of the greatest Dutch writers of all time.

(c) Jutka Rona

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789023436492
  • Number of pages: 413
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €12,50