Men on the run in a world gone mad
Two Belgian exiles, both called Tony Hanssen, are on the run from their former lives on different continents. In Buenos Aires one of the Tony Hanssens, a former cruise director, is playing a dangerous game as a toy boy to the elderly wife of a wealthy Chinese businessman. In South Africa a totally different Tony Hanssen, a computer specialist running from a crashed merchant bank, breaks into a game reserve with a precision rifle and war ammunition. Amid the chaos of global capitalism, lawlessness, and disintegrating lives, a chance meeting between the two Hanssens gives each the opportunity to redeem himself by betraying the other. This societal satire with a classic doppelganger motif tackles current topics such as the global financial crisis with scathing humor.
17 September, 2015
‘In an allegory of the global economic crisis and the struggling identity of modern man, each Hanssen holds the solution to the other’s problems—but will they help each other?’ —Big Issue North
‘A theatrical representation of capitalism spun out of control, with memorable dialogues and a grotesque, high-speed plot with deep-rooted barbs. The ultimate literary equivalent of Quentin Tarantino’ —Cutting Edge
‘An intoxicating novel: relevant, encompassing the entire globe, satirical, and fast-paced. Fortunate Slaves demonstrates with dizzying speed that we Westerners are depressingly interchangeable. Lanoye sparkles on every page.’ —De Volkskrant
‘A fiercely intelligent book with international potential’ —De Standaard
‘A delicious novel disguised as a thriller, a book to love’ —NRC Handelsblad