The Dutch Maiden

The Dutch Maiden

By Marente de Moor

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In the summer of 1936, Janna, a young Dutch fencer, is sent away to stay with a long lost friend of her father’s, a German aristocrat named Egon von Bötticher. Deeply scarred by the First World War, the enigmatic Egon retreated to a country estate where he teaches fencing and organizes the Mensur – a bloody test of courage for university students. Her passions aroused by a figure as irresistibly brooding as Heathcliff, Janna becomes determined to uncover the truth…
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Literary novel




David Doherty

Original Title

De Nederlandse maagd

Year of publication



‘Her natural metaphors come with animalistic power, her reflections are as clever as distinctive and the way she conjures up the sultry, stormy atmosphere on the eve of the Second World War testifies of great story-telling ability.’—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

About the author

Marente de Moor

Marente de Moor, from the Netherlands, worked as a correspondent in Saint Petersburg for a number of years before she made a succesful debut as a novelist. For her second novel, The Dutch Maiden (2010), she was awarded The European Union Prize for Literature and the AKO Literature Prize. The novel sold over 70,000 copies in the Netherlands and has been translated into ten languages.