About the book
The famous chess-journalist Berry Withuis (1920-2009) was raised in a Calvinist family. Having lost his faith in God when he was 12 years old, he went on to become a communist and editor of the newspaper De Waarheid (The Truth). Though his daughter grew up with her father’s political convictions, she would later become one of communism’s renowned critics. For Withuis, breaking with her roots opened the path to writing and science, but also led to a distance between her and her father. After his death she couldn’t accept that the man she revered as a child hardly let himself be known as a person. With the help of, among other things, his National Security dossier, she reconstructs his life story in Mystery Father.
Withuis’ precise and moving dissection of her relationship with her father mirrors our recent world history and offers the reader a glimpse of the Cold War from within.