Slaves to Fortune

Paul Vincent (Translator) Tom Lanoye (Author)


Two Belgian exiles, both called Tony Hanssen, are on the run from their former lives on different continents. In Buenos Aires one of the Tony Hanssens, a former cruise director, is playing a dangerous game as a toy boy to the elderly wife of a wealthy Chinese businessman. In South Africa a totally different Tony Hanssen, a computer specialist running from a crashed merchant bank, breaks into a game reserve with a precision rifle and war ammunition. Amid the chaos of global capitalism, lawlessness, and disintegrating lives, a chance meeting between the two Hanssens gives each the chance to redeem himself by betraying the other. This societal satire with a classic doppelganger motif tackles current topics such as the global financial crisis with scathing humor.

Product Details

Price: $16.98  $15.62
Publisher: World Editions
Published Date: September 03, 2019
Pages: 324
Dimensions: 5.5 X 1.1 X 8.4 inches | 0.95 pounds
ISBN: 9781642860467
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About the Author

Tom Lanoye is an award-winning Belgian novelist, poet, and playwright. He is the author of more than fifty works of poetry, drama, and fiction, and his work has been translated into fifteen languages. His bestseller Speechless was awarded several major awards and has been adapted for screen in 2017. Lanoye has won many literary prizes, including the prestigious Constantijn Huygens Prize for his entire oeuvre. Slaves to Fortune was shortlisted for both the Libris Literature Prize and the AKO Literature Prize, and sold over 50,000 copies in the Netherlands. A born performer, when not on stage he lives between Antwerp and Cape Town.


"An intoxicating novel: relevant, encompassing the entire globe, satirical, and fast-paced. Slaves to Fortune demonstrates with dizzying speed that we Westerners are depressingly interchangeable. Lanoye sparkles on every page." --De Volkskrant

"A fiercely intelligent book with international potential." --De Standaard

"A delicious novel disguised as a thriller, a book to love." --NRC Handelsblad

"Full of surprising twists, occasionally hilarious." --Gazet van Antwerpen

"Sparkling, funny, and wry."

"Great in scope, glorious in achievement."-- Metro

"In an allegory of the global economic crisis and the struggling identity of modern man, each Hanssen holds the solution to the other's problems--but will they help each other?" --Big Issue North

"A theatrical representation of capitalism spun out of control, with memorable dialogues and a grotesque, high-speed plot with deep-rooted barbs. The ultimate literary equivalent of Quentin Tarantino." -- Cutting Edge