Cover reveal day: the US and UK edition of 'Confrontaties' will be published in January 2024
The debut novel by Simone Atangana Bekono was previously published in Germany by Beck Verlag

Cover reveal day: the US and UK edition of 'Confrontaties' will be published in January 2024

Published on 3 August, 2023 at 2:51 pm, updated on 3 August, 2023 at 3:05 pm

Salomé was bullied for years and no one did a single thing to help her. One day she finally snapped. Now at just sixteen years old, she's being held in a secure unit for young offenders Salomé's counsellor, the man whose good opinion is key to her release, is best known for his racist gaffes on reality TV. Her father has recently been diagnosed with liver cancer and her elder sister Miriam's main preoccupation is to get out of their small, close-minded village as soon as possible. Both at home and in the unit, things are unbearably tense. Salomé finds it hard to keep her temper and harder still to think about the crime she is charged with committing. But as time passes, she finds new strength to delve into the reasons for her rage and arrive at her own understanding of punishment, penitence and the paradoxical demands made on her existence as a Black woman. Raw and unsentimental, Confrontations is a powerful depiction of racism and resilience from one of the Netherlands' most exciting new literary voices.

Auteur: Simone Atangana Bekono

Simone Atangana Bekono (1991) studeerde in 2016 af aan Creative Writing ArtEZ met een bundeling van gedichten en brieven, hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren, die in 2018 werd bekroond met de Poëziedebuutprijs Aan Zee. In 2019 ontving ze het Charlotte Köhler Stipendium en werd ze door de Volkskrant uitgeroepen tot een van dé literaire talenten van 2020. Met haar debuutroman Confrontaties won zij de Hebban Debuutprijs, het Beste Boek voor Jongeren en de Anton Wachterprijs, en stond ze op de shortlist van de Libris Literatuurprijs en De Bronzen Uil. De vertaalrechten zijn onder andere verkocht aan Amerika, Engeland en Duitsland.

Simone Atangana Bekono - Confrontaties
Simone Atangana Bekono

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