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Stefan Hertmans: "Sandor Marai's best-known novel, Embers, tells the story of two friends who meet up again in advanced old age and are ineluctably confronted with the consequences of a secret they have borne with them throughout their lives. The secret has to do with a passion, but the repercussions for their friendship are enormous. The atmosphere is highly evocative and intense, although the riddle remains inviolate. The mentality of a class and an era are meticulously rendered."

English translation: Embers (Vintage books)

Stefan Hertmans leads the Dutch-language version of the BOOK CLUB. Hertmans is not only one of the leading writers in Flanders; he spent years lecturing in literature and textual analysis, teaching generations of students to read and to think about artistic and social issues.