The Land - Het land

The Land - Het land

It is also possible that you do not love it: the Ruysdalian skies, the slender poplars and the bellowing cattle. That beautiful Dutch landscape where nothing ever happens, except birth and death.

Betje, for instance, is bored stiff. Mother speaks in proverbs, Father only complains about the weather: these are the fixed values in her life. Suddenly her idling world comes into motion and things take a turn that no one saw coming.

The land is a novel about inclusion and exclusion. An impressive farmer's tale about folklore, first love, pettiness and religious suffocation.

'Atmospheric novel that reads as an ode to a vanishing Holland. Not to be missed.' Linda

'Weverling's writing is beautifully wrought and precise, her story about the constrictions of the countryside is staggering and extremely strong.' Elle


Cheerful dystopian novel

Aukelien Weverling (1977) is writer and columnist. She studied Journalism in Utrecht and now lives in Amsterdam. In 2002 Meulenhoff published her debut novel Liever gekust, that was nominated for the Marten Toonder/Geertjan Lubberhuizen-award. In 2006 her second novel, Politiek gevangene (Political Prisoner) appeared and her third novel, The Land, received raving reviews.