'In an extremely penetrating manner, Herman Koch describes the fortunes and misfortunes of the fossilised teaching staff with its false cheerfulness and hypocritical belief in the ‘Montanelli Method'.' De Ster

Save Us, Maria Montanelli

‘A feast of clarity. Herman Koch responds with stunning irony, scope and narrative efficiency.’ El Periódico (Spain)

The Dinner

‘Buy [Summer House with Swimming Pool] immediately.' ***** DE STANDAARD

Summer House with Swimming pool

Book Odessa Star
‘Koch proved himself a master at recording absurd trains of thoughts and slapstick situations. Both painful and hilarious at the same time.’ NRC HANDELSBLAD

Odessa Star

Book The Ditch
‘Koch has mastered his métier with effortless superiority. Inventive, deceptively clear and full of friction. A publisher’s promise has rarely been so fully delivered.’ **** de Volkskrant

The Ditch

‘Koch has mastered all the tricks. He is the master of variety, balance and subtle cliff-hangers. [...] Plot-driven is an understatement: Koch cracks the whip to the very end.’ BOEK

Dear Mr M.

‘Should Tom Sanders disregard that advice? Or should he tackle his son about his behaviour? That is the central dilemma in Easy Living, and Koch gets a devilish kick out of making Tom Sanders vacillate between these two options, and gets an even greater kick out of pushing him into a corner.’ Parool

Easy Living

Thinking of Bruce Kennedy
‘Thinking of Bruce Kennedy shows us Koch at his best.’ Vrij Nederland

Thinking of Bruce Kennedy

‘We think Koch is a great writer. A fantastic anthropologist. He knows our quirks and our weaknesses, our desires and our fears, our poses and our hypocrisy. He has an eagle eye for the small, all-revealing gesture. He has the gift of plain language and, perhaps more importantly, the talent to capture the madhouse he believes the world to be and the pointlessness that he sees all around him in prose that almost always surprises and, yes, very often makes you laugh. That is pretty unique.’ De Standaard

A Brief History of Deceit

‘The story unfolds from one powerful scene to the next, from one penetrating image to another.’ Vrij Nederland

Eating with Emma

‘War at Last is a subtle parody of all post-war war literature.’ de Volkskrant

War at Last