Cherry Duyns / Cherry Duyns – Farewell

Cherry Duyns – Farewell

Cherry Duyns – Farewell

About the book

In Farewell, Cherry Duyns looks back at his mother’s life. A life marked by the Second World War, during which she had met a charming, young Dutchman. They formed a successful cabaret duo; together they performed in packed venues and they had a son in that merciless time. She ended up with her husband and child in the Netherlands, a hostile environment, where the marriage crumbled.

One day, Cherry receives a phone call. His mother asks him to come by. He drives from the Netherlands to Germany, to the city in the valley, where she has been living for years and now spends her final days in a nursing home.


‘Duyns writes with enough sober precision to impress. […] I experienced it as a haunting book: whoever grows old, sees here what lies in store for them.’ **** – NRC HANDELSBLAD


‘A distant Dutch relative of the German journalist, satirist and writer Kurt Tucholsky.’ – FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU


Cherry Duyns (b. 1944) is a writer, theatre- and filmmaker who has written numerous books, including the story collections The Top Man and Hinterland, as well as the novels The Sunday Boy, Dante’s Trumpet and The Chinese Knot. Many of his films have been awarded distinctions, such as the Zilveren Nipkowschijf for the TV-triptych Reports from Life and the Gouden Kalf for his art documentary The Genesis. In 2001, he received the prestigious Prix Europa in Berlin for his film The Dream of the Bear. In 2014, Duyns was bestowed knighthood in the Order of the Dutch Lion for his unique cultural contributions.

© Keke Keukelaar

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789400404502
  • Number of pages: 238
  • World rights: Thomas Rap
  • Price: €21,99