The Son and Heir featured for AmazonCrossing’s World Book Day

My English translation of Alexander Münninghoff's Libris History prize-winning memoir De stamhouder is one of ten works of translated literature that Amazon Crossing is featuring for its World Book Day campaign. This week only, Kindle users can download The Son and Heir for free. Click here for the link. Happy reading!

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The Son and Heir featured for World Book Day

The Son and Heir, now available for pre-order!

It turns out that the word "stamhouder" isn't so easy to translate into English. A "stam" is the trunk of a tree--a family tree in this case--and a "houder" is the one who keeps it. In other words, a stamhouder is the last branch, the keeper of the family line, the inheritor of its name, history and legacy. Since we don't have a single-word equivalent in English, my translation of Alexander Münninghoff's Libris History Prize-winning memoir, De Stamhouder, is aptly titled The Son and Heir. Written by the son of a Nazi, the grandson of one of the wealthiest men in Europe, and the heir to a (very!) complicated legacy, this true story traces a multi-generational family history from Eastern to Western Europe, through the Roaring Twenties, WWII and beyond. Published by Amazon Crossing. Now available for pre-order!

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