Fortunate Slaves

By Tom Lanoye

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Two doppelgänger exiles—both, curiously, named Tony Hanssen—are on the run from the lies and deceit that have defined their lives. When they accidentally meet up, they realise that each could hold the solution to the other’s problems. An allegory of the global economic crisis and of the identity conflict of modern man, Fortunate Slaves is a moral and picaresque novel that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Just how low will desperate men sink to achieve their aims?…
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Language

Dutch

Format

Paperback

Genre

Literary novel

ISBN

9789462380356

Translator(s)

Michele Hutchison

Pages

288

Original Title

Gelukkige slaven

Year of publication

2015

Reviews

'The literary equivalent of Quentin Tarantino.'—Cutting Edge****

'A fiercely intelligent novel.'—De Standaard****

About the author

Tom Lanoye

Tom Lanoye (Belgium) is an award-winning, highly acclaimed novelist, poet and playwright. He is a best-selling author and makes regular appearances at major European festivals. His novel Fortunate Slaves (2013) sold over 50,000 copies and was shortlisted for both the Libris Literature Prize and the AKO Literature Prize 2014. His bestseller Speechless (2009) was awarded several major prizes and has been voted one of the most popular 'new classics' in Flemish literature. He lives in Antwerp and Capetown. Photo: © Tessa Posthuma de Boer