December 22, 2000 is a
day of dramatic confluence in the life of Joop Koopman, a Dutchman living in
California. It is the day he celebrates his daughter Miriam's seventeenth
birthday, meets his old friend Philip, with whom he has been out of touch
for eighteen years, and crosses paths with Erroll Washington, aka Godzilla,
the owner of God's Gym, a Venice health club.
Philip has sought out Joop for reasons that are more than personal, and Joop,
in turn, has no choice but to let himself be carried along by political
developments that he has previously tried to avoid, but that now inescapably
control his life.
Translated from the Dutch by Jeannette K. Ringold.
About the Author
LEON DE WINTER is a prize
winning Dutch novelist, born in
1954. He is also an internationally
recognized film writer and
director. This is his first book to
be translated into English.