Hollands Siberië The Dutch Siberia, novel, Uitgeverij De Arbeiderspers. 1st edition September 2014, 2nd edition Oktober 2014. Available only in Dutch. ‘An extraordinary love story about two people in their more matured days' When no pastor has been able to survive there, Peter Pex, a Franciscan from Haarlem, is sent to 'the worst village in the Netherlands': the remote prison village of Veenhuizen. He arrives there in 1936 and is employed by a government institution. On his first day, racing around on predecessor's bicycle, he is amazed by this stifling, private society. Full of spirit, he sets to work and tries to grasp the hierarchical structure of the village. During World War II, Peter and his housekeeper end up in the resistance. They have a secret love affair, which gets more and more radical and complicated, just like the situation in Veenhuizen, where, after 1945, even well-known war criminals enjoy a lot of freedom. The Dutch Siberia is an edgy tale about the rise and fall of a man who can only be himself at night. Mariët Meester grew up in Veenhuizen, a historical prison village which was for a long time closed to outsiders. In order to write this book, she lived in the priory for sixteen months, which happens to be the backdrop to this story. The Dutch Siberia is her seventh novel. Besides fiction, Meester also writes non-fiction like De mythische oom (The Mythical Uncle, De Arbeiderspers 2012), about her deeply religious family in the United States.
Hollands Siberië The Dutch Siberia Novel, Uitgeverij De Arbeiderspers. 1st edition September 2014, 2nd edition Oktober 2014. Available only in Dutch.
‘An extraordinary love story about two people in their more matured days' When no pastor has been able to survive there, Peter Pex, a Franciscan from Haarlem, is sent to 'the worst village in the Netherlands': the remote prison village of Veenhuizen. He arrives there in 1936 and is employed by a government institution. On his first day, racing around on predecessor's bicycle, he is amazed by this stifling, private society. Full of spirit, he sets to work and tries to grasp the hierarchical structure of the village. During World War II, Peter and his housekeeper end up in the resistance. They have a secret love affair, which gets more and more radical and complicated, just like the situation in Veenhuizen, where, after 1945, even well-known war criminals enjoy a lot of freedom. The Dutch Siberia is an edgy tale about the rise and fall of a man who can only be himself at night. Mariët Meester grew up in Veenhuizen, a historical prison village which was for a long time closed to outsiders. In order to write this book, she lived in the priory for sixteen months, which happens to be the backdrop to this story. The Dutch Siberia is her seventh novel. Besides fiction, Meester also writes non- fiction like De mythische oom (The Mythical Uncle, De Arbeiderspers 2012), about her deeply religious family in the United States.
MARIËT MEESTER