Allard Schröder / Allard Schröder – Sebastian’s nose

Allard Schröder – Sebastian’s nose

Allard Schröder – Sebastian’s nose

About the book

One day Sebastian Welsend, an ordinary bank employee, is sacked from his job. From one moment to the next he finds himself sitting at home unemployed, staring out of the window. He decides to start smoking again. It’s the cigarette smoke that takes him back to his youth and his

then girlfriend Henriëtte, who called herself Henri. The sensation is so powerful that unknown forces drive him to go in search of her. The journey back in time makes clear to him why his love was impossible from the start. In Sebastian’s Nose all Allard Schröder’s skills are on display. The wicked pleasure with which he interweaves classical and less classical sources leaps off the page.


For images like these you read a novel such as Sebastian’s Nose: the moments in which literature splashes into your body in a great wave and settles into the furthest corners [...] An outstanding novel. **** – NRC Handelsblad

Schröder proves once again that he is one of the best novelists in the Netherlands. – De Tijd

Schröder creates a magical universe, convincing thanks to its sparkling, fantastic style. – Trouw


Allard Schröder (b. 1948, Netherlands) made his debut in 1989 with the novella De gave van Luxuria (The Gift of Luxuria, 1989). Two years later this was followed by De muziek van zwarte toetsen (Music on the Black Keys, 1991) His first large-scale novel Raaf (Raven, 1995) was awarded the Halewijn Prize. In 2000 the novel Grover (1990) was among the titles nominated for both the AKO Literature Prize and the ECI Prize. Schröder is an editor of the literary magazine De Revisor.

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Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN  9789023496687
  • Number of pages: 448
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 24,90