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Mama Tandoori

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About the Author

Ernest van der Kwast is a Dutch author who lives between the Netherlands and Italy. He made his name 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 Giovanni's Navel, which entered the Der Spiegel bestseller list immediately after publication in Germany. In 2016, he won the Dioraphte Literature Prize for The Ice-Cream Makers, which was his first novel to be published in English. Laura Vroomen was born in the Netherlands and now lives and works in London. She was educated at the University of Amsterdam and Warwick University and spent several years teaching English literature and cultural studies before switching to translation.


`Let's hope there will be more books like this.' * TZUM * `The inventive writing style, dry sense of humour, and poignant observations of the writer's many wondrous family members make this book a real pleasure to read [...] a fine mix of satire and compassion [...] A proper page-turner.' * GPD-bladen * `Very witty and well-balanced.' * de Volkskrant * `A great humourist, with a perfect sense of timing [...] A very funny book.' * De Standaard * `Hilarious descriptions [...] But Van der Kwast offers plenty of nuance, too. He doesn't stop at the clownish figure. Beneath that skin of humour he has inserted ribs and lungs, muscles and a heart. [...] Comic becomes tragicomic. Even the detours contain the same exhilarating mix of exuberant humour and tragedy imbued with plenty of compassion.' * HUMO * `Ernest van der Kwast has written an unusual book about unusual people. And most remarkable of all: he does it unusually well.' * De Telegraaf * `A hilarious and moving novel about a mother who's armed with a rolling pin and who lives by the crisis-proof motto "free is good".' * HP/De Tijd * `It must be dead-tiring to grow up in such a family and a real pleasure to be in a position - years later and a father by now - to write it all down. That's to say if, like this writer, you're talented enough to turn all the humour into tragedy and make all the tragedy immensely funny.' * * `Ernest's writing style is deceptively simple. Beneath his romanticised account are deep wells of sorrow. It's quite an achievement that he can make us laugh out loud at such meanness!' -- Hugo Borst `A hilarious portrait of a Dutch-Indian family.' * Elsevier * `Ernest van der Kwast is a great talent.' * Het Financieele Dagblad * `Extremely funny, loving, and moving.' * Tros Nieuwsshow * `A great comic writer.' * NRC Handelsblad * `I'm so pleased my mother was just a cashier at the local supermarket. Good book - a really good book.' * Kluun * `Mama Tandoori is a poignant, witty, and heart-rending book. There's never a dull moment.' -- Kristien Hemmerechts `[A] explosively funny, irresistible, and profoundly tragic human comedy ... the novel fluidly and daringly counterbalances talent and pain, splendid form and essential meaning in a new, fragrant and spicy blend poignantly evocative of Dutch India or the Indian Netherlands.' -- Mika Provata-Carlone * Bookanista * `An unusual and well-written book.' * Nudge * `The funniest and most moving book I have read this year. Whoever was wondering where the Dutch Salman Rushdie, or even the Dutch Aravind Adiga, was hiding, is given the answer with Mama Tandoori.' -- Herman Koch * author of The Dinner * `A series of amusing set pieces, tinged with the kind of poignancy that comes from finding the humour in incidents that must have hurt deeply at the time.' * Sunday Herald *

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