THE TRAP by Rink van der Velde


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 The Trap ($22.00; Feb. 1997; 147 pp.; 1-877946-80-X): The first English translation of a spare and disturbing 1966 novel, set in the Netherlands during the German occupation in WW II. The story focuses on the ordeal of a Friesland fisherman who shelters refugees and whose son is caught working for the Resistance. Detained and interrogated by the Nazis, this unprepossessing soul experiences a remarkable transformation--discovering that, under duress and in captivity, he is for the first time in his life able to control his own destiny. A masterfully shaped narrative, brought to a very satisfying conclusion. . . .

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 1-877946-80-X
Page count: 147pp
Publisher: Permanent Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1996