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    The Dinner (Hardback) By (author) Herman Koch, Translated by Sam Garrett

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    Description"A European" Gone Girl."" --"The Wall Street Journal " 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 polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. 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. Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, "The Dinner" promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. 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.


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    Title
    The Dinner
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Herman Koch, Translated by Sam Garrett
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 292
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780770437855
    ISBN 10: 0770437850
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC21: 839.31364
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC025000, FIC045000
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BENELX
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 34
    B&T Approval Code: P24103501
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: N1
    DC22: 839.31/364
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: PT5881.21.O25 D56513 2012
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Publisher
    Hogarth
    Imprint name
    Hogarth
    Publication date
    12 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "A European "Gone Girl.".."The Dinner," a sly psychological thriller that hinges on a horrific crime and its consequences for two families, has become one of spring's most anticipated suspense novels." - "The Wall Street Journal" "Poised to shake up American publishing...Koch tells a story that could very well take away your appetite." --USA Today.com "[A] deliciously Mr. Ripley-esque drama." --"O, The Oprah Magazine" " " "You'll eat it up, with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." --"Entertainment Weekly " "Koch's ability to toy with the reader's alliances while using one family's distress to consider greater societal ills gives the novel a vital punch." --"Daily Beast" " " "A tart main course that explores how quickly the facade of civility can crumble. It's hard to digest at times, but with a thought-provoking taste that lingers." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer" " " "The novel has been called the "Gone Girl" of the Continent, and not without cause: Like Gillian Flynn's bestseller, it's a tale told by an unreliable narrator, full of twists and skillfully executed revelations, ultimately registering as a black parable about the deceptively civilized surface of cosmopolitan, middle-class lives...What Koch achieves with his prose--plain but undergirded by breathtaking angles, like a beautiful face scrubbed free of makeup -- is a brilliantly engineered and (for the thoughtful reader) chastening mindfuck. The novel is designed to make you think twice, then thrice, not only about what goes on within its pages, but also the next time indignation rises up, pure and fiery, in your own heart." --Salon.com " " "Briskly paced and full of ingenious twists--a compulsive read...for those who can tolerate the unsavory company, "The Dinner" is a treat they'll gulp down in one sitting." --"Dallas Morning News" ""The Dinner" begins with drinks and dark satire, and goes stealthily and hauntingly from there. It's chilling, nasty, smart, l