Afterlight Engelse vertaling van Schemerleven van Jaap Robben

Jaap Robben Afterlight Engelse vertaling van de roman Schemerleven van Jaap Robben review en recensie. Op 7 mei 2024 verschijnt bij uitgeverij World Editions de Engelse vertaling van de roman Schemerleven van de Nederlandse schrijver Jaap Robben. Hier lees je informatie over de inhoud van de roman, de schrijver, de vertaler en over de uitgave.

Jaap Robben Afterlight review en ∗∗∗∗ recensie

Als er in de media een boekbespreking, recensie of review verschijnt van Afterlight, de Engelse vertaling van de roman Schemerleven van de Nederlandse schrijver Jaap Robben, dan besteden we er op deze pagina aandacht aan.

  • “With its tight sentences and a fast pace, Afterlight moves like detective fiction. It’s a poignant novel in which a single pregnant woman is mistreated in her conservative society; she remains resilient and determined to honor her baby’s memory.” (Foreword Reviews)
  • “There is not a sentence that does not shine or is charged in Jaap Robben’s astonishing novel about lifelong suffering. Once you have read the impressive Afterlight, it is impossible to forget the story.” (Het Parool)
  • “Robben gives voice to a deep-seated feminism in the form of his powerful protagonist. As a reader, you find yourself breathing a sigh of relief knowing that nowadays we live in a more just and equitable society — although a look back over your shoulder also doubles as a word of warning about the future.” (Humo)

Jaap Robben Afterlight


  • Auteur: Jaap Robben (Nederland)
  • Soort boek: Nederlandse roman, Dutch novel
  • Origineel: Schemerleven (2022)
  • Engelse vertaling: David Doherty
  • Uitgever: World Editions
  • Verschijnt: 7 mei 2024
  • Omvang: 352 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: paperback / ebook
  • Prijs: $19.99
  • Boek bestellen bij: Amazon / Bol / Libris
  • Waardering redactie: ∗∗∗∗ (uitstekend)

Flaptekst van de Engelse vertaling van de roman Schemerleven van Jaap Robben

The young free-spirited florist Frieda grew up in a strictly Catholic environment in the 1960s. When she steps onto a frozen river on a late winter afternoon, little does she know that everything is about to change for her. On the ice she meets the married Otto. They experience a love that begins stormy and ends fatefully: Frieda becomes pregnant – a scandal in the world in which she moves. And so she must never be the mother of her secret child. For decades she kept her memories of this episode in her life to herself. But the grief for the lost child remains, despite the later marriage, despite the son she still has.

At the age of eighty-one, Frieda is suddenly alone again. The silent sorrow returns with force. Only then does she dare to face her story – and to share it.

With Afterlight, inspired by true events, Robben not only pulls back the veil on Frieda’s story, but also shines a light on the experiences of countless women between the 1950s and 1980s. The result is an impressive story about buried female trauma, caused by society, organized religion and the dominant social mores.

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