The Dinner (Paperback)

By Herman Koch

Hu Nan Wen Yi Chu Ban She/Tsai Fong Books, 9787540487768

Publication Date: August 23, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/12/2013)
Paperback (10/29/2013)
Paperback (3/28/2017)
Paperback (5/1/2015)
Hardcover (2/12/2013)
Compact Disc (2/1/2013)
Compact Disc (2/12/2013)
Paperback, Large Print (11/19/2013)
Hardcover, Large Print (6/26/2013)
MP3 CD (2/1/2013)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (2/1/2013)

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Now a major motion picture starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, and Chlo Sevigny.

An internationally bestselling phenomenon, the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives--all over the course of one meal.

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.

Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

"A European Gone Girl." --The Wall Street Journal

About the Author

HERMAN KOCH is the author of seven novels and three collections of short stories. The Dinner, his sixth novel, has been published in 25 countries, and was the winner of the Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. He currently lives in Amsterdam.