A.F.Th. van der Heijden / A.F.Th. van der Heijden – The Morning Gift

A.F.Th. van der Heijden – The Morning Gift

A.F.Th. van der Heijden – The Morning Gift

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  • Suhrkamp Verlag (Germany)


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About the book

Nijmegen, 10 July 1672. When in the early morning after Caspar and Sara’s wedding night the troops of Louis xiv take the city, the young bride disappears without trace. The question is: has she left her ‘morning gift’ with Caspar or taken it with her to an unknown destination? Caspar sets out on a desperate search. Six years later, on the day that the Treaty of Nijmegen is signed, he finds his bride in the temporary French embassy as mistress to the Marquis of Caloyanni. What has her true role been all these years? Now that peace has come, Sara wants to return to her old life as quickly as possible, but will the deceived Caloyanni simply allow her to leave?



Again we are very much in Van der Heijden’s universe, in which expressiveness is extremely physical; he always has an attentive eye and a mellow form of words for the dirtiest of details. **** – de Volkskrant

The Morning Gift is a pageturner full of racy intrigues. **** – de Morgen

Van der Heijden wields his pen like a quill and excels at fertile observations. – Elsevier


A.F.Th. van der Heijden (b. 1951)   is one of the greatest of living Dutch authors. His oeuvre consists mainly of two sagas: The Toothless Time and Homo Duplex. In 2011 he won the Constantijn Huygens Award for his oeuvre as a whole. In the same year the published Tonio, a requiem novel about the sudden death of his only child, which won him the Libris Literature Prize and the ns Readers’ Prize. In 2013 A.F.Th. van der Heijden received the P.C. Hooft Prize for his entire oeuvre.  The Hellcat will be published by Suhrkamp Verlag in September. The film version of The Hellcat was released in March 2016 by Sigma Pictures and the film adaption of Tonio, produced by NL Film & TV, in October 2016.


© Tonio van der Heijden

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789023457763
  • Number of pages: 304
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 18,90
  • English sample translation available