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Stammered Songbook by Erwin Mortier
Jan 05, 2016 | ISBN 9781782271475

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“Few memoirs approach the beauty of this strange, angry and quite astonishing account of a mother’s tragic passage at 65 into dementia. Although he is a celebrated novelist, nothing else that I have read by this Dutch-language Belgian writer compares to it. The writing is simply extraordinary: exact, tender and very real in describing the disintegration of the forthright woman he once knew.” The Irish Times (A Nonfiction Best Book of the Year)

‘It makes no difference what subject Erwin Mortier settles upon. Everything he describes gains that characteristic splendour, that unmistakable, unique sound. Golden tragedy’ - Opzij

‘In this painfully beautiful novel it is ultimately love that persists despite everything, the love of a son for his mother. Heart-rending’ - de Telegraaf

‘Erwin Mortier captures his mother’s dementia in sensitive and elegant prose. The splendid sentences with which he frames her deterioration throw it into unexpectedly stark relief’ - Trouw

‘A wonderful source of sustenance to survive the shipwreck’ - Libération

‘Erwin Mortier has surpassed himself. This is more than just an immensely touching confessional memoir about Alzheimer’s disease. It is an essential book. Overwhelming. Mortier unearths at least one diamond on every page’ - De Standaard

‘Superb, staggering and even more… At once a clinical observation, a cry of love, a farewell and a meditation. A work of considerable significance’ - Humanite


Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger AWARD 2013

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