- 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
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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.