Adriaan Van Dis

Repatriated
  • Repatriated

  • In Repatriated the world is a dangerous place and the bomb is ticking - at home and abroad.

    In a seaside town in the Netherlands, Mr Java - a war damaged ex-colonial - drills his son for the future, drawing him deeper and deeper into his delusionary world. As the radio broadcasts news of H bomb tests, Mr Java writes letters of complaint to the authorities, dreams of horses, and stands at the front window, on the look out for special security spies and nuclear holocaust. His wife and her three daughters from a previous marriage in Indonesia form a sort of Greek chorus, providing a sceptical commentary as his obsessions build towards a dark, absurdist climax.

    Repatriated is an inventive, blackly funny novel that shows an adolescent boy trying to break free from his parents and finding he cannot escape their past.

A former editor of the NRC Handelsblad - Holland's leading newspaper - Van Dis is now a full-time writer. He is the author of five novels as well as books of travel-writing and plays.