The Edges | Angelo Tijssens

The Edges

Translated from Dutch by Michele Hutchison

Published January 2025
ISBN: 9781917092029
Format: Paperback

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Mesmeric and tender, this is the tale of one man’s search for love and affection.

A man returns to his hometown to clear out the flat of his recently deceased mother. While there, he cannot resist visiting his former lover. As the storm rages in the night outside, he finds in the man’s embrace some kind of quiet; some kind of home.

As we are drawn into the narrator’s past, we see how a childhood marked by abuse and a life lived on the edges can shape someone – and what respite and beauty can be found in love and trust. Unsentimental yet aching with longing and vulnerability, Angelo Tijssens’ The Edges is a deeply humane, moving and beautiful debut.

 ‘A powerful gem, written with great precision, lurching between love and violence.’ De Standaard

‘Succinct and understated writing, deeply human and full of suppressed anguish.’ Feeling

‘A hit. I’m hugely impressed by this strong debut.’ Het Nieuwsblad