Luc Boudens (1960) writes stories (The Tenth Province/De tiende provincie, Friday is Fishday/Vrijdag visdag), novels (These Are Long Days/Het zijn lange dagen, The Suffering of Young Werner/Het lijden van De Jonge Werner) and poetry (Friends for Life/Vrienden voor het leven, Better Times Smile upon Us/Betere tijden lachen ons toe).

Lonely Heights is Boudens’ long-awaited, surprising third novel. In the meantime, the author is working on the novel Best Buddies (Beste maatjes) and on In Someone Else’s Head (In het hoofd van een ander), short stories. In 2014, publishing house Leesmagazijn presented the reprints of These Are Long Days and Friday is Fishday.

‘Boudens really is made of the right stuff.’ - Herman Brusselmans

‘[Lonely Heights] is stylistically controlled, a tight, refined construction, universal.’ - Staalkaart 

Lonely Heights

Brussels. A chance encounter with the student Bastien turns investor Amaury’s life upside down. The elderly banker, descendant of a fortunate line, promptly discovers that even someone like him has emotion. His fondness for Bastien steadily reveals what he’s been hiding all this time. Suddenly, the whole world seems to warm up again. However, their shared interest in Jean Cocteau’s work to Amaury means a nerve-racking descent into himself, while Bastien uses it as a signpost for the future. That which showed great promise, leads to an infernal downfall.