Speechless

Speechless

By Tom Lanoye

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Speechless is a touching memoir by Tom Lanoye about his mother’s final years. After a stroke, she—a butcher’s wife and an obsessive amateur actress—loses her ability to speak. Slowly but inevitably she deteriorates, less and less able to communicate with her loved ones.
In Speechless, Tom Lanoye takes stock of his colourful childhood, his struggle with love and his role as an author. He writes of conflict with his beloved diva of a mother and the illness she so bravely…
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Language

Dutch

Format

Paperback

Genre

Literary novel

ISBN

9789462380455

Translator(s)

Paul Vincent

Original Title

Sprakeloos

Year of publication

2016

Reviews

'Tour de force: a splendid, tragic novel.'—Le Monde

'The best Lanoye has ever written.'—De Tijd

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.