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Tommy Wieringa – The Blessed Rita

Tommy Wieringa – The Blessed Rita

Rights sold

  • Scribe (UK, ANZ)
  • Hanser (Germany)
  • Éditions Stock (France)
  • Iperborea (Italy)
  • Brombergs (Sweden)
  • Jelenkor (Hungary)
  • Gyldendal (Norway)

The Blessed Rita is shortlisted for the Libris Literature & E. du Perron Prizes 2018


Read our sample translation of The Blessed Rita


About the book

His whole life, Paul Krüzen has lived with his father in an old, haunted farmhouse, not far from the German border. Where once his father took care of him, now he takes care of his father. In those fifty years, they have seen their village change drastically. The world is on the move: the Chinese now run the bars and restaurants in Mariënveen, while Russians, Bulgarians and Poles have become a familiar presence.

The great change began with a Russian pilot who escaped the Soviet Union in a crop duster and crashed in a cornfield behind their house at the height of the Cold War. This triggered a chain of events from which Paul Krüzen and his father have never fully recovered.

The Blessed Rita is an enchanting memento for those left behind and an ode to those wanting to transcend themselves.



The only ones to have achieved the holy grail of the Total Novel in recent years are W.G. Sebald with 'Austerlitz', J.M. Coetzee with 'Disgrace' and Philip Roth with 'Everyman'. We could add the name Tommy Wieringa to this list. – Le Figaro

Highly intelligent. Wieringa will make you think and keep you reading eagerly to the final page. – Times Literary Supplement

You know you’re in the presence of properly great fiction writing when you forget to question a single word of it. – The Guardian


Tommy Wieringa (b. 1967) is the author of books including Joe Speedboat (F. Bordewijk Prize), Caesarion (shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), These Are the Names (Gouden Boekenuil Readers’ Prize and Libris Literature Prize) and The Death of Murat Idrissi. Translations of his books have been published in more than twenty countries.

© Gary Doak

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789023458753
  • Number of pages: 286
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 19,99
  • English sample available