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We Had To Remove This Post Hardcover – 26 May 2022

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Acid-dipped novella . . . a glimpse of the foetid underbelly of the internet and a sobering consideration of who is deciding what we see, and at what cost. -- Siobhan Murphy ― The Times

A chilling page-turner . . . the unreliable narrator gives it a strong literary heartbeat ― and it’s richly suspenseful too. With a few deft strokes
[Bervoets] manages to incorporate all of the ills of social media into one concise story . . . utterly haunting. -- Johanna Thomas-Corr ― The Sunday Times

The setting alone is compelling and has always been in need of an accomplished novelist’s attention . . . The dreamlike climax of the final pages is beautifully wrought. Men might usefully confront in Bervoets
a writerly intelligence at once so tender and so willing to look into the abyss. -- Ian McEwan ― The Guardian

Bervoets' neat dissection of morality is as
taut as a thriller, sharp as a slug of ice-cold vodka. -- Catherine Taylor ― Irish Times

Surprising and enigmatic . . . intriguing and frustrating . . . As we spend more and more time in the trickmirror of the internet, how can we know what or whom to believe? -- Laura van den Berg ― The New York Times

A very modern tale about the dark side of the internet. ―
The Times 'Best Books of Summer'

Hanna Bervoet's slim, compelling novel We Had to Remove This Post addresses the foetid morass of social media . . . Bevoets is
often acidly funny, especially when demonstraring the workers' mordant, jockish humour. ― TLS

The dank underside of social media, its cruelty and delusions, have become, our shared affliction. It needed an accomplished novelist to explore humanely the damage. Hanna Bervoets has richly obliged in this
superbly poised, psychologically astute and subtle novel of mental unravelling. At its wonderful, hallucinatory climax, Kayleigh, the shattered protagonist, asks on our behalf the one true question, and the spellbound reader will usefully struggle for an answer. -- Ian McEwan, author of Atonement

This novel gives us an acid glimpse into a new form of labor existing today, a job that extracts an immeasurable psychic toll.
Fascinating and disturbing. -- Ling Ma, author of Severance

We Had To Remove This Post is one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in years. Hanna Bervoets has created an astonishing and compelling cast of characters, drawn together through circumstance, separated by the same. The novel is fast paced and thrilling, violent and nightmarish and grief-stricken, but also tender and wildly moving. A brilliant peek behind the curtains at what happens when we put our trust in social media. Believe me when I say you’ve never read anything like it. -- Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things and With Teeth

I thought it was incredible and has real
cult potential. -- Alice Slater ― Tik Tok

Powerful, discussable, and a harbinger of
a voice-in-translation to watch.Booklist Starred Review

Scathing, darkly humorous exploration of the impact of VR, IR . . . Bervoets just gets it. This is, unironically,
a novel for our time.Kirkus Starred Review

Magnetic . . . Bervoets frames the story like a mystery, slowly revealing the fractured relationships and circumstances that drove Kayleigh away from her job. ― Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Hanna Bervoets is one of the most acclaimed Dutch writers of her generation. She is the author of several novels in her home country of the Netherlands, and she has also written screenplays, plays, short stories, and essays. She is the recipient of many literary awards, including the prestigious Frans Kellendonk Prize for her entire body of work. She was a resident at Art Omi: Writers at Ledig House, New York, and currently works and lives in Amsterdam with her girlfriend and two guinea pigs. We Had to Remove This Post has been translated into thirteen languages and is her first book to be translated into English.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; Main Market edition (26 May 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529087228
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529087222
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.3 x 2 x 22.3 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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