In Fortunate slaves two Belgian exiles try to find themselves in a world that has become too large and chaotic.
In Buenos Aires, Tony Hanssen, a former cruise director for one of the most luxurious pleasure ships in the world, plays a dangerous game of boy toy for Mrs. Bo Xiang, the elderly wife of an infamous, wealthy, Chinese man. In South Africa, a totally different Tony Hanssen, a fugitive computer specialist for a failed investment bank, sneaks into an animal reserve with a precision rifle and war ammunitions.
One Tony is a skeptical loser; the other Tony is a spirited geek. Both are hoping for salvation, but for one it means his freedom and the other, his family.
It becomes clear from their first meeting on a different continent just how much their goals depend on each other – if they can reach them.
Fortunate slaves is pure Lanoye: a black, tragicomedy with unforgettable characters and dialogue, an ingenious plot, and a virtuoso style.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE LIBRIS LITERATURE PRIZE 2014
SHORTLISTED FOR THE AKO/ECI LITERATURE PRIZE 2014
Tom Lanoye (1958) is a novelist, writer, columnist, screenwriter and playwright. He broke through with such novels as Cardboard Boxes, The Divine Monster and Speechless, along with the plays Going to War, Fort Europa and The Russians!. In addition, he is one of the most widely read and critically acclaimed authors from the Low Countries, and a frequent presence at European theater festival.
Rights sold: UK (World Editions), South Africa
(Protea), France (Éd. de la Différence)
Previous books sold: Denmark (Turbine), France (Éd. de la Différence), South Africa (Protea)
‘A compelling, entertaining and provocative novel.’ de Volkskrant *****
‘A ferociously intelligent novel, with international appeal.’ De Standaard ****