Erwin Mortier


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Joris has lived with his aunt and uncle in a village since his early childhood his father died young and his mother moved to Spain. He is a quiet and introverted child who, his relatives fear, resents the loss of his parents deeply. The gentle rhythm of life, however, is about to be disturbed, awakening in Joris charged memories of his dead father. With the past swathed in obscurity and rumours circulating about his parents, Joris feels insecure and vulnerable and his attempts to reconstruct his family history from photos are continually frustrated. As Joris grows up and his aunt and uncle age, the end of his youth approaches, as does a definitive confrontation with his father. In a style marked by extraordinary elegance and subtlety, Erwin Mortier brings a lost world back to life. Shutterspeed is an enchanting novel which evokes all the mystery, wonder and confusions of childhood. Mortier's elegant sentences skip across the pages and rock the reader as if in a boat de Volkskrant Beautifully elegiac… a remarkable novel. Gay Times
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155 printed pages
Original publication
Pushkin Press


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