Paul Lohman and his wife, Claire, are going out to dinner with Paul's brother Serge, a charismatic and ambitious politician, and his wife, Babette. Paul knows the evening will not be fun. The restaurant will be over-priced and pretentious, the head waiter will bore on about the organically certified free-range this and artisan-fed that, and almost everything about Serge, especially his success, will infuriate Paul. But as the evening wears on it becomes clear that tonight's dinner will be even more difficult than usual. There is something the two couples have to discuss. It's about their teenage sons and the very bad thing they have been doing. And it's about how far two sets of parents will go to save their children from the consequences of their actions.
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Shortlisted for Specsavers National Book Awards: International Author of the Year 2012. Long-listed for PEN West Literary Award for Translation 2014.
'Funny, provocative and exceedingly dark, this is a brilliantly addictive novel that wraps its hands around your throat on page one and doesn't let go.' - S.J Watson
'What a tremendous book. I loved every single gripping and strange thing about it.' - M.J Hyland
Herman Koch has written a number of satirical novels including The Dinner and Summerhouse with Swimming Pool.