Dinner time

4 05 2013

The Dinner by Herman Koch


A summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. 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 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.

It’s difficult to say more than this brief introduction without spoiling things but suffice it to say that things do take some dramatic turns over the dinner table. It’s pretty shocking too but really a quite compelling read.



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