The Man With the Chisel

The eccentric and eloquent Antonij (age 15) is attracted to grown men and feels he is the only person who is entitled to make decisions about his body and mind. In a cemetery, he meets the handsome Leo, who doesn’t lay a finger on him and yet is accused of abuse. At the request of Leo’s lawyer, Antonij makes a statement. His captivating, shifting accounts of what happened keep changing your view of the situation. But is anyone listening to him? This premise gives rise to an artfully crafted novel which also features a mysterious story from the past about a grave in which a grandmother and grandchild are buried together. 'The Man with the Chisel' raises important questions about sexuality, identity and whether or not to label them and expose them to the light of day.

Ted van Lieshout
Ted van Lieshout
Ted van Lieshout (b. 1955) is a poet, writer and artist for children and adults. He studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and worked as a designer before moving on to writing and illustrating children’s books.
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