Peter Buwalda / Peter Buwalda – Otmar’s Sons

Peter Buwalda – Otmar’s Sons

Peter Buwalda – Otmar’s Sons

Rights sold

  • Rowohlt Verlag (Germany)
  • Politiken (Denmark)
  • Actes Sud (France)
  • Cappelen Damm (Norway)
  • Jelenkor (Hungary)

Read our sample translation of Otmar’s Sons

About the book

Otmar’s Sons tells the story of a young Shell employee named Ludwig Smit, who, after visiting the illustrious Johan Tromp on the Siberian island of Sakhalin, finds himself stranded there during a snow storm. It’s at that very moment, when investigative journalist Isabelle Orthel hands Tromp the lid to a Pandora’s box, that his sensational career in the oil industry begins to teeter. Tromp – hedonist, alpha male, Shell’s crown prince and in all regards Ludwig’s exact opposite – misjudges his two visitors entirely.

A selection of Dutch press quotes:

Otmar’s Sons surpasses Bonita Avenue on nearly every count. Incredibly gripping, technically superb and intriguing. A narrative treasure.’***** – NRC Handelsblad

‘A 1001 nights of reading pleasure. In grandiose, rich and imaginative language. Otmar’s Sons is intelligent, timeless, tantalising, witty and addictive.’***** De Standaard

Irresistible. Morbid issues described in a cheerful, boyish and bold style; that contradiction is what makes Otmar’s Sons by Peter Buwalda a masterpiece.’ – De Groene Amsterdammer

‘Otmar’s Sons is at least as intoxicating as Bonita Avenue was. Once again, Buwalda sucks you into a multi-layered story, plunges you into a world you will be reluctant to leave.’ – Het Parool

‘Thrilling, full of blistering dialogue and powerful descriptions. Written in a virtuoso style, always razor-sharp, compelling to the core. Otmar’s Sons is unputdownable.’ – Trouw

Int'l Press on Bonita Avenue:

A new writer as toe-curling as early Roth, as roomy as Franzen and as caustic as Houellebecq. - Sunday Telegraph

A literary sensation…[A] crazy-paving, jigsaw puzzle…Addictive…A considerable achievement …Bonita Avenue is an entertaining end in itself, and evidence that Buwalda is just getting started. - The Independent

The plot orchestration and lively character renderings of Bonita Avenue are dazzling. - The New York Times

The narrative pyrotechnics alone are a tour de force. - Die Zeit


Peter Buwalda (b. 1971) made his debut in 2010 with Bonita Avenue. The book was nominated for twelve literary prizes, five of which it won. The novel topped the bestseller lists, sold more than 350,000 copies and was translated throughout the world to great international acclaim. The frontiers of the epic world created by Buwalda in Otmar’s Sons will be further explored in its forthcoming parts, Yes-man and Hysteria Siberiana.



© Linda Stulic

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403123004
  • Number of pages: 496
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 27,50
  • English sample available