View of the Grote Markt

…He blinked again but ignored my remark. He kept looking into my eyes patiently. I looked back just as patiently and tried to reach his compassion level. We were exchanging friendly looks for a few moments. „How are you for money?“ He then asked…

From the novel “In Search of Achilles”
Marco van den Berg Scholten

Marco van den Berg Scholten

Author of “In Search Of Achilles”, a novel about the unbehagen of the Occident.

“In Search of Achilles” is Marco van den Berg Scholten’s debut novel. The novel will be published by Köehler Books and is scheduled to be released on October 3, 2023.

What others say

Here are a some snippets from the reviews others have written on Amazon.

“A well written and intriguingly layered book about life in Groningen, Amsterdam and Berlin starting in the 1980s until early ’90s. It contains many recognizable atmospheric description that really capture those days well. The style of writing matches the language of the various ‘scenes’ the protagonist was part of: the aristocracy of the protagonist’s family, the hang-out city-life of his friends, the travellers’ life. It really makes you feel part of those scenes.”

“This relatively short, yet intriguing novel is a great read for anyone, who’s interested in philosophy, history and politics. It offers a somehow both historic and refreshing view into the different ways in which people deal with the emergence of the postmodern world, all against the backdrop of the perceived triumph of liberal capitalism over communism.”

Please have a look at the complete reviews and others, on my Amazon book page.

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