My Fellow Skin
A beautifully evocative and sad coming-of-age story
As a small child, unable still to speak, Anton spends his days in carefree curiosity. As a schoolboy, he tentatively begins to find the words, but not the answers. Then he meets Willem, his gentle, well-spoken classmate. The silent love story that unfolds brings direction and hope to both their lives. It is a relationship that will change Anton for ever and show him what it means to love and to lose. In lucid, stark prose, My Fellow Skin asks whether the cautious fumbling for love and companionship is ever worth the devastating loneliness of loss.
Translated by Ina Rilke
Cover illustration by David Pearson
Published 03 July 2014