Tag: Herman Koch

A close encounter with the anti-Bush kind

Monday, 24 September, 2012

The unbearable smugness of Europe’s petite bourgeoisie enrages the narrator of The Dinner, by the Dutch writer Herman Koch. In this scene, he has been summoned to meet the principal of his son’s school following the submission of an essay by the child that contains views about crime not in keeping with those held so […]

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Shaving puts you behind 1-0

Tuesday, 18 September, 2012

From The Dinner, by the Dutch writer Herman Koch, here is a meditation on the torments of shaving: “I didn’t feel like going to the restaurant. I never do. A fixed appointment for the immediate future is the gates of hell, the actual evening is hell itself. It starts in front of the mirror in […]

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