Shadow Child

Shadow Child

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"Shadow Child" is the heartbreaking story of a father's love for his child. After his little girl dies in infancy, P. F. Thomese finds himself in deathly silent rooms, desperately seeking the words to express his desolation. His only hope is to write truly, without sentimentality, to learn to speak again. 'If she still exists anywhere, then it's in language.' As he looks back, describing and reliving snapshots of memory, Thomese struggles to find meaning in a life that has been devastated. It is a breathtaking tribute to a deceased daughter, an expression of love, an elegy, and ultimately a declaration of hope.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 8mm | 84g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747579733
  • 9780747579731

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'A literary monument to mourning. Unsentimental and unvarnished' NRC Handelsblad 'What a heartbreakingly high price had to be paid for this brilliant book' Vrij Nederland 'Unsentimental yet deeply unsettling ... At its most intense, Thomese's distracted prose captures the descent into silent, numbing madness which can issue from sudden bereavement' Financial Times 'Stunningly beautiful ... This is a gorgeous book that will splinter open hearts touched by loss, leaving readers aching at the sorrow of death and the screaming, abyss-like emptiness it leaves in its wake' Los Angeles Times
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About P. F. Thomese

P. F. Thomese (1958) won the AKO literature prize for his debut Zuidland (Southland) in 1991. He has written novels (including The Sixth Act), novellas and short stories.
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Rating details

577 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 28% (159)
4 42% (245)
3 21% (120)
2 8% (46)
1 1% (7)
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