During the course of an idyllic summer's day in the country, a senseless crime is committed. The Swordfish centres its gaze on the young Martin Ghyselen, a loner who seeks solace, from the passions, desire and grief that unite the rest of the villagers, in his own fertile imagination. He escapes into his own fantasy world first identifying with a swordfish and then tragically believing he is the martyred Jesus Christ. With a cruel, yet masterfully witty touch, Claus deals with such fundamental issues as loss, religion, passion, desire and crime. Widely regarded as the most distinguished and contemporary writer from the Low Countries, Hugo Claus is best known for his novel The Sorrow of Belgium.
MOTS CLES · Belgique · Littérature · Roman