Ernest van der Kwast / Ernest van der Kwast – Mama Tandoori

Ernest van der Kwast – Mama Tandoori

Ernest van der Kwast – Mama Tandoori

Rights sold

  • btb-Verlag (Germany)
  • Gimm-Young (South-Korea)
  • Scribe (World English)


Read our sample translation of Mama Tandoori


About the book

There is no doubt in his father’s mind: this will be a girl. The birth announcement cards for Eva van der Kwast are waiting at the printer’s. When, however, to his parents’ great consternation, Ernest is the one born in 1981 in the hospital in Mumbai, India, his relationship with them promises from that moment on to be a complicated one.

In a novel that that introduces a parade of variegated characters, from Bollywood-star uncle Sharma to the talented heptathlete aunt Jasleen, it is Van der Kwast’s mother, equally as tyrannical as she is loving, who forms the linchpin around which these infectious stories revolve. She is woman with an iron will, a hilarious thoroughness and a deep sadness for her handicapped son Ashirwad. Mama Tandoori intrigues, astonishes and moves. It is sure to have you smiling from beginning to end.

This is already the funniest and most moving book that I have read this year. Whoever was wondering where the Dutch Salman Rushdie was hiding, or even the Dutch Aravind Adiga, is given the answer with Mama Tandoori. - Herman Koch, author of The Dinner

Ernest van der Kwast has great talent. - Het Financieele Dagblad

Heart-renderingly hilarious. - Wereldomroep


Ernest van der Kwast (b. 1981) made his breakthrough with the novel Mama Tandoori, which became a bestseller in the Netherlands and Italy and sold more than 100,000 copies. In 2012 he published the novella Giovanna’s Navel, which entered the Spiegel bestseller list immediately after publication in Germany (mare Verlag) in spring 2015. The German edition of his novel De IJsmakers (The Ice-Cream Makers) entered the Spiegel bestseller list in spring 2016. The novel recently received the Dioraphte Youth Literature Prize, awarded to the best book for young adults. His most recent book is Het wonder dat niet omvalt (The Miracle that Doesn’t Fall Down).

© Stephan Vanfleteren

Additional book information

  • novel
  • ISBN 9789023493815
  • Number of pages: 240
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 12,50
  • English sample available