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Herman Koch
A Brief History Of Deceit

In his Radiobooks story, Koch continues to explore the complicated boundaries between truth and lies, fact and fiction, reality and the creative imagination.

“…Thus I learnt at the age of five, without being entirely aware of it at the time, the most important lesson a writer sooner or later has to learn: that the truth and a plausible lie go hand in glove, and that a plausible lie is far preferable to an implausible truth.”

‘A Brief History of Deceit’ by Herman Koch was translated by Michael Blass. The story is read by David Swatling.

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Biography

Herman Koch

Herman Koch was born in Arnhem in 1953 but moved to Amsterdam with his family at the age of two. Koch made his literary debut in 1985 with a collection of stories called ‘De voorbijganger’ (The Passerby) about several misunderstood loners. Four years later he published his first novel ‘Red ons, Maria Montinelli’ (Save Us, Maria Montinelli.) Based on his experience of a Montessori school education in Amsterdam and written in a style reminiscent of J.D. Salinger, the book was a huge success. Koch’s latest novel ‘Het Diner’ (The Dinner) has remained on Dutch best-seller lists since it was published at the beginning of 2009 and Hollywood producers have expressed interest in the book.

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