Herman Koch, A Brief History of Deceit
From a young age Herman Koch recognises the necessity of stretching the truth. The fact is, stories are more authentic if you embellish them. The boundary between credible lies and false truths fades and Koch plays a game with them to his heart’s content. In a few well-chosen sentences he manages to evoke an atmosphere that is sometimes melancholic, sometimes witty and full of irony. Stories about the art of deceit, about characters who do not belong or desperately try to be authentic, about his youth and about football.