Author(s): Herman Koch; Sam Garrett (Translator)
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
A doctor to the rich and famous goes to extreme lengths to protect his daughter in this dark and addictive novel from the author of the million-copy bestseller The Dinner.
Marc Schlosser is a doctor to the rich and famous.
When his most famous patient, the actor Ralph Meier, invites him and his family on holiday, Marc finds that he can't refuse. But by the time the suntans fade, Ralph Meier is dead.
The medical board accuses Marc of negligence.
Ralph's wife, however, accuses him of murder...
'In Koch's equally devious follow-up to The Dinner, civilization is once again only a thin cover-up for man's baser instincts...Make no mistake: very few real-world events will distract readers from finishing this addictive book in one or two sittings.' starred review Publishers Weekly 'In this disquieting novel from Koch (The Dinner, 2013, etc.), sex, celebrity and medical ethics become inextricably tangled as a summer idyll goes nightmarishly wrong...A sly psychological thriller lurks within this pitch-dark comedy of manners.' Kirkus 'Scary...brilliant...I just couldn't put it down.' The Economist 'Once again Koch shows us, in that keen, almost icy style, how easy it is for successful people to go haywire.' Glamour 'Fast, satirical and with a rock-solid plot.' Metro 'Summer House with Swimming Pool is a story ingeniously told, in which Koch turns the spotlight of his imagination in deliciously cynical fashion on the world of medicine and of Famous Dutch People.' Het Parool 'After the resounding success of The Dinner, Herman Koch comes with a new novel, Summer House with Swimming Pool, in which moral issues are tackled in a delightful fashion.' Red 'Just as he did in his bestseller, The Dinner (2013), Dutch novelist Koch tells a sinister tale through the eyes of a questionable narrator...Koch's deft and nuanced exploration of gender, guilt, and vengeance make his second novel to be translated into English an absorbing read.' Booklist 'Herman Koch has a knack for asking the right simple questions that threaten to completely unhinge who we are and what holds us together. As in his previous novel, The Dinner, you'll wonder how far you would go for your children, and again you'll wonder what you might be capable of once the rules have been broken. But Summer House with Swimming Pool is more assured and complete and immersive. Viciously funny, tense, and disturbing, this is one vacation you won't forget.' -- David Vann
Herman Koch was born in 1953. He is a successful actor, screenwriter and columnist in the Netherlands, and has written a number of satirical novels, including The Dinner (2011) which became an international bestseller. The Dinner was adapted for stage and screen in the Netherlands and an English language film adaptation to be directed by Cate Blanchett has recently been announced.