About the book
Perhaps because he spent weeks in an incubator as a baby, separated from all human contact, Joris van Casteren has always been fascinated by loneliness: it is a subject he addresses in different guises in all of his books.
In 2018, he was appointed coordinator of the De Eenzame Uitvaart (The Lonely Funeral), a foundation that writes personal poems to salute those who die without a family or social network. There the world of lonely people, which normally is completely invisible, opened up for him.
In Loneliness Van Casteren offers a unique look at his great fascination, which, in these times of Covid, has become even more significant. Combining wonderful anecdotes with reflections on literature and society, he illuminates loneliness from different sides. It is also a personal tale about his love for a female cellist from Philadelphia who brought an end to his own loneliness.