STEVEN DE JONG - WORRIED CITIZENS (2017)

ABOUT THE BOOK

Samuel is a copy editor for communications firm The Finishing Touch, responsible for marketing copy for ‘young and dynamic companies’.  He understands that he’s hard to work with but he finds it indigestible that he, as a silent force, is not appreciated enough.  New kid on the block Christian however, a political consultant, is the firm’s rising star. He’s a social tornado, and according to Samuel, nothing more than just that.

Samuel is harbouring rebellious thoughts, finding their way out in the scathing letters he writes to the newspaper. But they never get published. After he’s being reprimanded for the umpteenth time, in front of the entire canteen, and is being ridiculed, he snaps.  He embarks on a bender in the seediest cafes in town, until the lights go out and he finds himself in a mental institution the next day.  He’s forced to attend support groups and assembles IKEA furniture – which he’s extremely good at. But Samuel wants only one thing: escaping as soon as possible and back to that damned society. But how?

Worried citizens is a pitch-black, hilarious novel about a man’s lonely but heroic fight against the world, reminiscent of Brusselmans’ The man who found work and the film classic Falling Down.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steven de Jong (1981) is an op-ed editor for NRC Handelsblad. He was also their online legal affairs editor for years. He investigated subjects such as civil participation and (Internet) democracy and published The Difficult Citizen – Service in times of lacking citizenshipWorried citizens is his first novel.

Worried citizens is a pitch-black, hilarious novel about a man’s lonely but heroic fight against the world, reminiscent of Brusselmans’ The man who found work and the film classic Falling Down.

 

CONTACT

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