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The traumatised war correspondent J.R. Deo is being held at an institute for forensic observation to assess whether he is accountable for a vicious attack on fellow journalists at a bar. Initially, he spends a lot of time writing in his cell, taking stock of horrors, past and present. He regularly meets with a psychologist with whom he agrees to share his writing. But thin ...more
Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Jacana Media (first published January 8th 2013)
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Marnix Verplancke
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nadat oorlogsjournalist Remco de Heer op café een aantal van zijn collega’s verwondt met een gebroken glas en in zijn zak ook nog eens een potje met daarin een vingerkootje wordt gevonden, belandt hij in een speciale gevangenis, waar nagegaan wordt in hoeverre hij wel toerekeningsvatbaar is. Deo, zoals Remco graag wordt genoemd, komt er in een bedreigend, tot claustrofobie leidend gezelschap terecht. De devote Cornelius aanziet hem voor God. Wim, die zijn kleinkinderen misbruikte, verklapt dat h ...more

- Obs noticed that the eyes of his fellow observees reflected the soul withi. You had the evaders, absent forever; the starers, always alert; the blinkers, beset by fear; the glisteners, possessed by emotions; the brain-dead, hungry for the living. -

- "As a child, I wanted to be a lion tamer." ... "That's a hard business to break into."

- "You've got friends here now, remember. People to watch your back." "Sure, if you define a friend as anyone who doesn't slit your throat and rape your stiffen
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Een erg tof en heftig boek. Echt van onder de indruk. Het is filosofisch en observerend en er zitten prachtige vondsten in. De korte verhalen die de hoofdpersoon in het boek zelf schrijft, zijn gruwelijk, maar heel mooi en beeldend verteld en er blijft een sprankje hoop doorheen schemeren. Het is wel aan te raden om ook de vorige twee boeken van De Nooij te lezen, want als lezer moet je actief meedenken. Je krijgt steeds kleine brokken informatie, waar soms later op teruggekomen wordt. De struct ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I, what, wait , what, where, what!?
I'm confused - but in a good way. I'm still puzzling pieces together, and am considering re-reading part one and two,
because I can't wrap my head around it just yet.
Once again, beautifully written, exciting, humorous, sometimes unexpected.

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Richard de Nooy (1965) grew up in Johannesburg, but has lived in Amsterdam for the past 30 years. He writes his novels in English and Dutch.

His latest novel, Van kleine helden, was published in Dutch in the Netherlands in May 2017. He is currently working on the English edition.

De Nooy's first novel, Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot (Jacana, 2007), won the University of Johannesburg Prize for Bes

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