Escaping occupied Holland with the Resistance (he was a wearer of the Dutch Resistance Cross), he was one of the youngest sergeants in the British Liberation Army, 7 Troop, 4 Commando, working as an interpreter during the allied occupation of Germany at the end of the war.
As an editor of the Groene Amsterdammer, a Dutch weekly, 1947–50, he was invited to run a cultural program on Radio Jakarta, Indonesia which he did from 1950-51. It was after this that he came by freighter to the United States. His first novel, The Affair, was published in 1958. He also began writing non-fiction, including several travel books, including Love and Hate in China (1966).
During the Vietnam War he turned his attention to protest, helping to found the still-active ‘Resist’ organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Noam Chomsky among others.
Hans Koning at The Cannes International Film Festival
From 2000 to 2006 he also found time to run Literary Discord, a radio program broadcast by WPKN Bridgeport, dedicated to discussing such literature and the state of publishing in the United States. He interviewed, among many others, Russel Banks and Sadi Ranson about the state of publishing in the United States.
(until 1972 writing under the name Hans Koningsberger)
The Affair, Alfred Knopf 1958, NewSouth Books 2002
An American Romance, Simon and Schuster 1960, NewSouth Books 2002
A Walk with Love and Death, Simon and Schuster 1961, NewSouth Books 2003
I Know What I'm Doing, Simon and Schuster 1964, NewSouth Books 2005
The Revolutionary: a novel, Farrar Straus Giroux 1967
Death of a Schoolboy, Harcourt Brace 1974
The Petersburg-Cannes Express, Harcourt Brace 1975, NewSouth Books 2004
America Made Me: A Novel, Thunder's Mouth Press 1979
The Kleber Flight, Atheneum 1981, NewSouth Books 2006
De Witt's war, Pantheon 1983
Acts of Faith, Henry Holt 1986
Pursuit of a Woman on the Hinge of History: A Novel, Lumen Editions, 1997
Zeeland or Elective Concurrences, NewSouth Books 2001
Many of his novels have also been published in other countries including England, Holland, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan.
Love and Hate in China McGraw-Hill, 1966
Along the Roads of New Russia Farrar Straus Giroux 1967