Dsir Cordier - mild-mannered former librarian, put-upon husband, lover of boules - is losing his mind. Or is he? Happily tucked away in the Winterlight Home for the Elderly, Dsir is looking forward to a quiet retirement with the other forgetful residents, safe in the knowledge that no one knows he's faking his memory loss. And as if there weren't reasons enough to opt out of the modern world, it would be worth it just to see Rosa Rozendaal again - the love of Dsir's youth, the one who got away. But dementia isn't all fun and games. There's a former war criminal hiding out in the home; once-beautiful Rosa might be too far gone to return Dsir's ardour; and our hero soon begins to suspect he might not be the only one in Winterlight who's acting a part... A tender love story of demented minds and honourable hearts, and a razor-sharp satire of the indignities of old age and the callousness of caregiving, The Latecomer excoriates our society and asks: might we all be better off forgetting?
Dimitri Verhulst. Copyright. Published by Portobello Books 2016 Portobello
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Originally published in Dutch as De laatkomer in 2013 by Uitgeverij Atlas Contact
Author: Dimitri Verhulst
Publisher: Portobello Books
Bernhard Weicht provides a multi-layered analysis of how we understand and construct care in everyday life, the meanings it has for ourselves, our families, our relationships, identities and our sense of society and what is right and proper, making an original contribution to the discussion of the nature of care ethics and its political potential.
1 With this sentence, Dimitri Verhulst (2013) introduces the main character of his
book, De Laatkomer [the latecomer], who decides to pretend to suffer from
dementia in order to allow himself to leave his old life, his family and his friends
Author: Bernhard Weicht
Category: Political Science