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Josse De Pauw
Narcissus Flycatcher

Josse De Pauw's Radiobooks story is about a man called Narcissus Flycatcher, named for a bird native to Japan with the yellow colouring common to the narcissus flower. He awakes in his Brussels apartment one morning in a state of confusion.

“As he wildly and helplessly looked around him without seeing anything, the remains of a dream popped into his mind, which made the overpowering confusion even greater: he had dreamt of a bamboo forest. A bamboo forest gently stirring in the wind. He sprang for the door like a cornered animal, flung it open and stood naked and panting in the stairway. He raised his head to the light that entered through the glass skylight, as if he wanted to escape through it, to fly away, and at the same time he pressed his pale body convulsively against the wall as if he wanted to disappear into it.”

An Asian neighbour comes to his aid and a bond forms between them. Much to his surprise, he finds himself falling in love with her. When she leaves to visit her family in Japan, he makes an extraordinary decision.

‘Forever, or The Love of Narcissus Flycatcher’ by Josse De Pauw was translated and read by Michael Blass.

Produced by Radio Netherlands Wordwide

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Josse De Pauw

Josse de Pauw (Asse, 1952) is schrijver, acteur, filmregisseur en theatermaker. Hij is de auteur van verschillende theaterwerken, waaronder Weg en Larf. Als acteur werkte hij voor theater, film en televisie. In totaal speelde hij in ruim 50 films, waaronder het voor een Oscar genomineerde Iedereen beroemd. Voor zowel zijn teksten als voor zijn acteerwerk kreeg hij diverse belangrijke prijzen.

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