Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the 1993 European Literary Prize. Hermann Mussert reflects on his unfulfilled life and loves in this starkly original novella. "He is a major European writer and The Following Story is a slender masterpiece." A.S. Byatt, "Daily Telegraph". Harvill Panther.
Winner of the 1993 European Literary Prize, this strikingly original novel is textured with the humour, pathos and expansive knowledge that have become the hallmark of Hollands most popular writer.
Socrates is a former classics teacher at a lycee. Dr Strabon is a travel writer and Mussert is a misanthrope, but also the man behind the masks of these other incongruous alter egos. In this novel, Nooteboom illustrates the polarities and similarities of scientific reality and philosophical theory.