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Christophe Van Gerrewey (b.1982) studied architecture at Ghent University and literary science at KU Leuven. His PhD, ‘Architecture: a User’s Manual. Theory, Critique and History since 1950 according to Geert Bekaert’ was published in 2015. He is a member of the editorial board of OASE, a Dutch journal on architecture, and DWB, one of the oldest literary journals in Flanders, and has also published essays in other journals and newspapers. Since Septembre 2015, he is professor of architecture theory at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.



EUPL Year 2016 | Winning Book



A young man awakens in a house belonging to friends. They are on holiday, and he is taking care of their cat. He remembers how he spent the previous summer in exactly the same house, accompanied by his lover. She is no longer there, and he decides to write her a letter, to give her an account of everything that has changed since their breakup. While writing, the nameless narrator realises that it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to actually mail his letter. Wouldn’t it be better to publish the letter as a novel? Not everything goes according to plan: in an increasingly perverse mix-up, the addressee turns the tables, and she starts talking to him, instead of the other way around. Soon, the real purpose of this letter (and this book) becomes unclear: is this a letter of complaint from a jilted lover, an exhibitionist confession to the world, or a scrupulous, somewhat ridiculous self-examination? And then there is the cat, still recovering from the flea infestation of last year, and probably the real protagonist in the novel, or at least the only living creature the narrator is able to make contact with.



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