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 her father’s old friend, a German, Egon von Bötticher. Egon had returned injured and embittered from the front at the end of the First World War, and now teaches fencing, and organizes bloody duels. In this strange world, Janna, intrigued by her unfeeling maître d’armes, starts looking for answers. What happened between Egon and her father? Which of them has to settle old scores?…
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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

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. Photo: © Juergen Bauer