Thick pocket, on the cover: photo of Nastassia Kinski in the great Polanski-film, 432 pp. Note LT: Tess was first translated in Dutch in 1895, but this translation seems to have disappeared from the market. Theme: The novel is pessimistic: the poor always lose, honnesty doesn't pay, love is not unconditional. In this respect history repeats itself as humans do not change fundamentally. Detail: One of the characters (Angel) reads 'Das Kapital' of Marx but he stays shortsighted.