Daan Heerma van Voss / Daan Heerma van Voss – The Last War

Daan Heerma van Voss – The Last War

Daan Heerma van Voss – The Last War

Rights sold

  • dtv (Germany)
  • Weyler Forlag (Sweden)
  • Malpaso (Spain)
  • Flower City (China)


Read our sample translation of The Last War


About the book

In the 1980s, while studying history, Abel Kaplan got to know Eva, the love of his life. In her Jewish family he experiences for the first time the feeling of being in the right place, and calls it happiness. He identifies more and more with the story of Eva and her family, but when his marriage to her remains childless and he proves unable to fulfil his ambition as a writer, the two grow apart. Kaplan then opts for a modest job at an Islamic school, but eventually his sense of justice prompts him to act. His concern about a bullied pupil causes his life to gain momentum. The Last War is a moving and sometimes humorous book in which the reader is carried progressively deeper into the extraordinary world of Abel Kaplan. 


At last a character who acts, instead of numbly watching; grotesque and tragic at the same time. The Last War is a fable in chiaroscuro about how to be human in uncertain times. – De Volkskrant

A story that grabs the reader. Convincing and haunting. – Het Parool

It’s a kind of cross between Leon de Winter, Harry Mulisch and Arnon Grunberg. – De Morgen


Daan Heerma van Voss (b. 1986) is the author of the novels Een zondagsman (A Sunday Man), nominated for the Anton Wachter Prize (2011), Zonder tijd te verliezen (No Time To Lose, 2012), De Vergeting (The Forgetting, 2013) 70 (2013), Het land 32 (The Land 32, 2014) and De laatste oorlog (The Last War, 2016). Daan Heerma van Voss is also a regular contributor to several magazines and newspapers.

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Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789023495246
  • Number of pages: 432
  • World Rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 19,90
  • English sample available