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Een man van horen zeggen by Willem Jan Otten

Een man van horen zeggen

by Willem Jan Otten

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After death, family and friends live on in our memory. That is the main idea of Willem Jan Otten's novella Een man van horen zeggen. Gérard Legrand, a musician, famous player of Bach, has been dead for about ten years. The novella starts a few days before his 65th birthday, as his youngest son, Frank, is reminded of his father's birthday on a calender in the bathroom.

Legrand only exists in the memory of his family and friends. Thus, the novella skips through time, depending on the moments anyone thinks of Legrand, while playing his records, or thinks of him. Through the thoughts of his two sons, his wife of his first marriage, and the second wife, his life is reconstructed, and the effect of his actions and death are charted in the lives of his family. The most disturbing actions of his life were his divorce and suicide, which have left their marks in the lives of the women he loved and his two children. ( )
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