(From the publisher):
The poignant story of Sam van Dijk, a thirtyish young man who has lost all memory of his childhood up to the age of twelve, when his parents were killed in a mysterious car accident. Alienated and adrift in his life, working as a freelance archivist and living in a warehouse, Sam embarks on a journey of self-discovery through a contemporary landscape often dark and unexpectedly violent. He is alone in the world except for a twin sister, Lisa - the keeper of the family secrets, an artist whose marriage to a man she loves is in trouble - and his restless brother, Raph, a photographer. With these sibling ties as the only stable element in a narrative maelstrom, Sam gradually pieces together haunting shards of memory and retrieves the missing story of his life. In the process he discovers his own voice, and with it a longing for love and human connection. The setting of the novel is contemporary and urban - a Dutch city with its canals and wild nightlife; the cultural references - popular music, the assassination of JFK, the moon landing - are largely American.
Original title: Het grote verlangen
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction