Pat Donnez is a highly appreciated radio producer and journalist for the national radio network VRT. Having published two poetry collections and a novella, Ablaze is his long-awaited first major novel.

‘Donnez’ most important quality undoubtedly is his imaginative language.’ - Trouw

‘Predictable yet quirky, Lichterlaaie is light-hearted beach reading’ - Rebecca Benoot, Flanders Today


Louis thinks he deserves more than the inglorious life of a brewer. He decides to make a bid for the longest live burial world record: eighty days below the surface. His colourful band of drinking buddies firmly believes that he will succeed. Greet, Louis’ autistic daughter, keeps him posted on events aboveground with her Gesproken Dagblad (‘spoken daily paper’). Fans crowd to the scene. Bouweldonk finally deserves its place on the map.

Johanna, unhappily married to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has a light allergy: she only goes outdoors at night. During one of her rambles, Johanna’s malfunctioning sphincter drives her to a buried coffin…

Two surprising characters meet each other in a most unique spot. The scorching meeting changes their lives forever. Will Johanna and Louis heal each other? Ablaze is set in the seventies of the previous century, in a typical rural village of that time. What is supposed to be a party ends in drama. Though not for everyone. Ablaze is a thrilling story about limitless ambition and passion and the gap between dream and deed.