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The Dinner (Anthos, 2009)

The Dinner was originally published in Dutch by Dutch author Herman Koch in 2009. It was translated into English and published in Great Britain in 2012 and the U.S. in 2013. It became an international best seller and has been adapted into three films (the most recent being in 2017 starring Richard Gere).

The dinner sees Paul Lohman, a former history teacher and his wife Claire meeting at a fancy Amsterdam restaurant with his elder brother Serge, a prominent politician and contender for the position of Dutch prime minister and his wife Babette. They are meeting to discuss how to handle a crime committed by their teenage sons, Michael and Rick. The two boys committed a violent crime that had been filmed by a security camera and broadcast on TV, but have yet to be identified. The dinner debate causes much tension throughout the evening.