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Dan Westerlin’s Dramatic Cross-Cultural Novel Set in Feudal Japan’s Pivotal Century Exhibited at Frankfurt Book Fair 2023

This year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) once again featured hundreds of exhibits by publishers hailing from many different parts of the world. Though in Dan Westerlin’s novel, visiting readers could find two cultures instead of one. Titled “The Hollander,” the story is an exotic and dramatic glimpse into the isle of Dejima, the one place that provided foreign correspondence in the otherwise isolated lands of feudal Japan.

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Westerlin has managed the pivot from action thriller to historical romance with remarkable aplomb. His vivid characters evolve organically with the story, the plot is well paced. I find his dialogue particularly well done. All in all, a polished, interesting, and highly readable novel. – Rod Perry

This year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) once again showcased thousands of books from various international publishers. Each one is by new authors sharing a diversity of cultural ideas and stories.

However, Dan Westerlin’s historical fiction novel “The Hollander: Forbidden Love in Feudal Japan” goes an extra mile by featuring a historically true setting that sets two cultures against each other that other authors have yet to deeply explore.

“The Hollander” is set in the isle of Dejima towards the end of Japan’s isolationist period. For hundreds of years, the Tokugawa Shogunate has maintained the infamous Sakoku policy of isolation. It is only on the island of Dejima that information from the outside world has had the slightest chance of making its way in.

Here, foreigners and foreign goods alike were brought as a covert means to ensure that vital knowledge of science (as well as art) continued to flow into Japanese society (albeit in a limited, censured fashion). The titular Hollander is one Hendrik De Wolfe, who is on the island on behalf of the Dutch Trading Company.

Still, the signs of Japan’s eventual crumbling in the face of gunboat diplomacy were starting to show. And in the midst of his life spent in this island trapped in time, Hendrik faces plenty of his own dilemmas as these changes radically impact his life.

Dan Westerlin’s “The Hollander: Forbidden Love in Feudal Japan” was certainly an eye-catcher for fans of historical fiction, especially those touching on Japan’s feudal eras. Many fairgoers were able to check it out, thanks to the support of ReadersMagnet, a book marketing and self-publishing firm. The book is available on Amazon.

“The Hollander: Forbidden Love in Feudal Japan”
Author: Dan Westerlin
Published date: December 3, 2017
Publisher: Self
Genre: Historical Fiction

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