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Paul Mennes
The Proposal

Like most of his work, his Radiobooks story is full of references to popular culture. A young man decides to propose to his Japanese girlfriend inspired by a scene from a Steven Spielberg movie.

“What I didn’t say was that Spielberg makes me sick. I like science fiction but what Spielberg cooks up is too sweet for me. Close Encounters of the Third Kind was OK until all the characters went down the new age road before the term had been invented. Jurassic Park was a clever way for Universal Studios’ merchandising and marketing department to break records. Raiders of the Lost Ark is escapism with too big a budget, and the sequels were computer games for which you had to buy cinema tickets. Minority Report and War of the Worlds were weighed down by the presence of that performing rodent Tom Cruise. And if I ever find anything like E.T. in the cellar, I’ll put down rat poison.”

The Proposal by Paul Mennes was translated by Michael Blass. The story is read by David Swatling.

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Paul Mennes

Paul Mennes (1967) ontving in 1995 de Debuutprijs voor zijn eerste roman;Tox. In het oeuvre waaraan hij sindsdien gestaag werkt viseert Mennes vaak op satirische wijze de oppervlakkige consumptiecultuur. Hij wordt dan ook vaak vergeleken met schrijvers zoals Brett Easton Ellis en Douglas Coupland. Kamermuziek (2007) is zijn meest recente roman.

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