Jeroen Theunissen / Jeroen Theunissen – Your skin

Jeroen Theunissen – Your skin

Jeroen Theunissen – Your skin

About the book

Griff is a eurocrat, Ama is a woman without a residence permit. He lobbies for big companies, she takes on all kinds of underpaid jobs. He is a Westerner, she an African; he an ‘expat’, she a ‘migrant’. When Griff and Ama begin a relationship, they have to set aside many doubts and prejudices. Does love conquer all? Or are they just using each other, until they have enough? And what about the city where they live? Brussels is a metropolis in spite of itself, full of fine art and fine particulates, friendly one day, grim the next, with sometimes a little sunshine but mostly thick cloud. In a sensual, compelling style, this novel looks at what love and urban life mean in the twenty-first century. Have we all become citizens of the world? Or are we simply a bit lost?

The conversations between Ama and Griff would not be out of place in Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse. – NRC Handelsblad****

The role played by Brussels, the city Theunissen succeeds in bringing to life, is beautiful. – Nederlands Dagblad

Sometimes there are novels I’d like to have written myself. – Kees ’t Hart, author, De Groene Amsterdammer

Carefully considered prose by a writer whose novels are evolving to ever greater heights. – Cutting Edge Press

On Innocence (2014):

With each book his oeuvre becomes more relevant, more convincing and more irresistible. – De Standaard ****


Jeroen Theunissen (b. 1977) has published three collections of poetry and several works of prose. His 2013 picaresque family novel The Roundabout Ways was critically acclaimed and was shortlisted for the prestigious Libris Literature Prize. It was followed in 2014 by Innocence. In 2016 he won the Herman de Coninck Readers’ Prize for Here’s Where You Live.

(c) Michiel Hendryckx

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403105000
  • Number of pages: 224
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 20,99
  • English sample available