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About the book
‘I increasingly think of them as animals, beautiful, shy animals. If we do not drive the dead from the chambers of our souls, they remain. We must banish them in order to be able to welcome them into our memories as what they have become: disembodied loved ones who once existed but are now gone for good. That temporary exile is necessary in order to guarantee their return.’
In On Love and Death. A Parting Erwin Mortier puts this into practice sublimely, raising the stakes high. The book follows two dear friends to the final borders where death is to be found. Just in time he cuts himself loose, in order to allow them to appear again on paper: under his pen they return as powerful characters.