A monument of language for a flamboyant mother
Flamboyant, proud, and dominant, Josée is unrecognizable after suffering a stroke, which strips her of the ability to speak. Harnessing his power as a playwright and dexterity as a poet, Lanoye weaves together autobiography and fiction to recount the last years of his mother’s life. At the same time he paints a colorful picture of growing up and coming to terms with his homosexuality. Humor, pain and copious amounts of love run throughout this critically acclaimed novel.
8 August, 2016
‘A playful, touching, and verbally extravagant memoir-novel of grief’ —Kirkus Reviews
‘The best Lanoye has ever written’ —De Tijd
‘Painful, gripping, and harrowing, full of verbal pyrotechnics’ —Metro
‘Heart-wrenching and hilarious’ —De Morgen
‘Lanoye breaks out the best of his narrative power and his stylistic brilliance.’ —Humo