Simone van Saarloos / Simone van Saarloos – The Monogamy Drama

Simone van Saarloos – The Monogamy Drama

Simone van Saarloos – The Monogamy Drama

About the book

The growth in the number of single people is often interpreted as a symptom of individualization and a fear of commitment of epidemic proportions. People are assumed to be ‘shopping around’ for someone to love and suffering the stress that comes with choice. They lack devotion and fail to show commitment, we are told. Instead of seeing exclusive relationships as the ultimate in connectivity, Simone van Saarloos wonders how we can live in relationships in an individual manner. In The Monogamy Drama she claims that singles are improving the world: they spread their social risk, enter into varied relationships and practice diversity. Freedom is something you celebrate in connection with others. Being single is not a transitional phase or a temporary status, it is an art. Simply forget about regarding monogamous relationships as the norm and try to build relationships in other ways, she argues.


Van Saarloos poses some pertinent questions, formulates fitting alternatives and here and there certainly has a point with regard to our image, interpretation and experience of monogamy. – Knack


Simone van Saarloos (b. 1990) studied literature and philosophy in Amsterdam. She is a freelance writer and a columnist for Vrij Nederland. In 2015 a collectionof her columns was published under the title I’m Good/Not Good.

© Roger Cremers

Additional book information

  • Literary non-fiction
  • ISBN 9789023495864
  • Number of pages: 128
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 9,95
  • For more material please get in touch with Marijke Nagtegaal or Uta Matten