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THINK ABOUT THE STONES UNDER YOUR FEET (working title)

Antoine Wauters

  • Original Title: PENSE AUX PIERRES SOUS TES PAS
  • Publication date: August 2018
  • Publisher: Éditions Verdier
  • Country: BE
  • 192 print pages
  • Drama

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Unknown or Invalid Region
  • Themes: FAMILY, Siblings, PEOPLE facing life, Personal fulfilment, Life change, Resilience, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, Totalitarian regime, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Tolerance, Intolerance, LOVE / HATE, Passion, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Child, Poverty

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Brought up by violent and unloving parents, Marcio and Leonora grow up on a farm, accustomed to extreme poverty and hard physical labour. Their only consolation is their overpowering love for each other. As their incest is discovered by their parents, the teenagers are separated.

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Translation rights sold: Germany

Winner of the Prix du Deuxième Roman 2019
Shortlisted for the Prix Décembre 2018

Antoine Wauters is a Belgian writer, also screenwriter for cinema. His novel NOS MERES (Prix Première de la RTBF, Prix Révélation de la SGDL and finalist of the Prix des Cinq-Continents), makes him "the Belgian literary revelation of recent years ". As a screenwriter, he co-authored "Préjudice" by Antoine Cuypers, a feature film with Nathalie Baye and singer Arno.

Summary

Eleven-year-old twins Leonora and Marcio live on the Habdurga plains in the south of an unnamed country. They live on a small farm with their parents, a strict couple who are so busy making ends meet they cannot find it in themselves to love their children. The twins do not go to school, have only one friend, Zbabu, and spend most of their time working in the fields and around the house. When the incumbent president is overthrown by a putsch from Colonel Bokwangu the country is thrust into a new era that glorifies wealth, luxury and personal success, at the expense of the well-being of the population at large. Disorientated and neglected by their parents, the twins find refuge in the boundless natural world and in increasingly passionate intimacy. Until the evening when their father catches them in the act and decides to separate them, sending Leonora to live with her uncle, Zio Pepino. Destroyed by the distance between them, Marcio embarks on a long journey on foot to be with Leonora. When he arrives he is in a critical state and needs help from Mama Luna, an old witch famous for her botanical tinctures. Once recovered, he becomes a part of this village where acts of civil disobedience and snubs to Bokwangu proliferate. Eventually, the entire community is driven to ask some crucial questions and invent new kinds of freedom, even if that means starting from scratch with nothing.

This book is a genuine celebration of rebellious spirit and reminds us that darkness can be overthrown and, if people are prepared to fight, there can always be light and joy.

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  • Author’s biography

    Antoine Wauters is a Belgian writer, also screenwriter for cinema. His novel NOS MERES (Prix Première de la RTBF, Prix Révélation de la SGDL and finalist of the Prix des Cinq-Continents), makes him "the Belgian literary revelation of recent years ". In September 2018, two books are published by Verdier: PENSE AUX PIERRES SOUS TES PAS and MOI, MARTHA ET LES AUTRES. Both books were praised, in France and in Belgium. As a screenwriter, he co-authored "Préjudice" by Antoine Cuypers, a feature film with Nathalie Baye and singer Arno.