This is the sixth book in the “Het Bureau” series, the autobiographical story of Voskuil’s working life. In this part, the institute’s director retires, there is a political struggle to determine who will replace him, several people close to Maarten and Nicolien die, and at the end of the book, Maarten retires himself.
The book, like the last one, focusses more and more on Maarten’s personal life, and his emotional reactions to his working life. The subjects, the papers, articles and conferences are not as important as they were in the beginning, which makes the book a lot more readable. Other than that this is a continuation of the previous five books, and I really liked it. Four out of five stars.