Guido van Driel worked as an illustrator for various newspapers and magazines, and as a director of documentaries and films. He made his debut in 1994 with his comic book, Vis aan de wand (Fish On the Wall) which was followed by Mijnheer Servelaat neemt vakantie (Mr Servelaat Goes on Holiday, 1996). Both books won awards, and in 2000, his De Fijnproever (The Connoisseur) appeared, a story set in the Red Light District in Amsterdam. He also published Toen we van de Duitsers verloren (When We Lost to the Germans, 2002), about the 1974 World Cup Championship, and Om mekaar in Dokkum (2004). His first feature film, Wederopstanding van een klootzak (Resurrection of a Bastard), is based on his graphic novel, Om mekaar in Dokkum and was the opening film at the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam. His work has been translated into German, French and other languages.
Als wir gegen die Deutschen verloren haben
Translated by Annelie David
Original title: Toen we van de Duitsers verloren (Oog & Blik, 2012)
When We Lost from the Germans takes place on the day after the notorious 1974 World Cup Final. As the Netherlands nurses the pain of a defeat to West Germany, a young girl is murdered in a housing development in Zaandam.
When We Lost from the Germans is a graphic novel about a secret love and a secret obsession in the archetypal Dutch suburb of the 1970s, about colorful wallpaper, glitter rock and the most traumatic match in football history for the Netherlands.