Paul Baeten Gronda

Paul Baeten Gronda (b. 1981) gained a reputation as a columnist in the Flemish newspaper De Morgen. Immediately after publication Nemen wij dan samen afscheid van de liefde was praised for its exceptional style, and this led to a steady flow of media interviews. He lives alternately in Piedmont and Flanders, and is currently working on his second book, the novella Kentucky, my country.

Let Us Together Say Farewell to Love

Let Us Together Say Farewell to Love

(De Bezige Bij, 2008, 208 pages)

The title of Paul Baeten Gronda’s debut refers to the opening sentence of the celebrant at the funeral of the narrator’s brother: ‘Let us together say farewell to Roy Venkenray’. Roy was involved in an absurd accident and dies after a coma lasting several days. Had other members of the family shown more responsibility, he might have been saved. But mother Millie and father Staf were preoccupied with other partners, in a quest for happiness, and brother Gertjan was struggling at being an artist.

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