Monday, May 18, 2009

We: a literary masterpiece about friendship and treason

(Jeroen Olyslaegers, author of the novel We, as seen by photographer Koen Broos.)

“Olyslaegers has elevated his fantastic novel to a universal level: it’s the story of nationalism, of the sadism in every we-feeling, the grim excrescences of group thinking in all its possible forms. And of the fascist little corporal hidden inside every single one of us. Olyslaegers is a worthy bastard son of the great Hugo Claus. And We is his gift to Dutch literature.”

With We, Jeroen Olyslaegers has written a masterpiece about friendship and treason.

Summer 1976. Although Europe is groaning under a tropical sun, everybody heads south. Georges, a displeased cartoonist who works for a quality newspaper, travels with his family and friends to a mountain near the Spanish Costa Brava. There, all goes wrong…

We: a saga about the demons we share, sex, family, alcohol, black money and here and there a questionable past. We: a cleverly written story about a defeat. We: all the thin-skinned, smooth-tongued and heartbreaking beauty a modern-day novel can offer.

Jeroen Olyslaegers (1967) writes prose and theatre texts and works as a scenarist. We is his third book.

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