Love's Death by Oscar Van Den Boogaard

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"In the summer of 1973, Oda and Paul Klein's eight-year-old daughter, Vera, drowns in the neighbors' pool. Paul flees his grief by taking a military posting in Suriname. Seven years later, when he returns, a mysterious fire burns down the neighbors' house, and a young girl appears out of the flames. She is fifteen, as Vera would now have been. Paul and Oda agree to take her in temporarily - feeling as if they have been given another chance to form a family. Finally, in the last part of this novel, Paul's friend Emil reveals the central role he has played in the Kleins' lives."--BOOK JACKET.

About Oscar Van Den Boogaard

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Oscar van den Boogaard, born in 1964, is considered one of Holland's most gifted writers. "Love's Death" is his fifth novel & the first to be translated into English. He lives in Brussels, Belgium. Ina Rilke was awarded the Vondel Translation Prize in 1999. In 2008, her translation of W. F. Herman's "The Darkroom of Damocles" made the shortlist for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and her translation of Erwin Mortier's "Shutterspeeld" made the longlist of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Also in 2008, she won a Flemish Community Prize for Culture for her work.
Published June 1, 2001 by Farrar Straus Giroux. 152 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Van den Boogard tells this highly charged, haunting story in a series of crisp scenes that shuttle between present and past, reaching crisis points when the impulsive Daisy resists her hosts’ protective embrace, and in the revelatory climactic pages, when Paul’s fellow officer Emil (scarcely a pr...

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On his return home to a resigned Oda, seven years after Vera's death, Inez again plays a crucial role in their lives.

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