Tonio

Today, I finished my reading of A.F.Th van der Heijden’s novel Tonio. It is striking that the unsaid in such a novel is crying out for attention; the egocentricity of an author who’s attempting to compensate his own insensitivity towards the other. Notable absentee in this ‘confusion of feelings’ (gevoelsverwarring) is Tonio himself! I’ve learned a lot, for instance that feelings never provide access to the absent…

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