Otto Iking is an outsider, at home as well as at the boarding school for the blind, but he is also an observer. Otto looks at the world around him witOtto Iking is an outsider, at home as well as at the boarding school for the blind, but he is also an observer. Otto looks at the world around him with a merciless sense of humour.
The Institute is both hilarious and moving, and paints a frank picture of the 1970s, when ‘everything had to be tried out’.
Otto discovers his feelings for Sonia, a fellow student, and he makes plans for a rescue mission to liberate hostages in the notorious Moluccan hijacking case in Bovensmilde.
But most of all, he wants to escape from the institution for the blind to a school for sighted children. Otto doesn’t want sympathy. He can see a future: working for the radio.
‘The humour and the quality of the prose make this book so much more than a personal act of revenge.’ ‘A daring act of courage that I highly recommend.’ ‘A remarkable novel because of its subject matter and unexpected brutal humour.’ ...more