Book: Dangerous Obsessions by Bob Van Laerhovencategories: Book, War, Suspense, Mystery, Violent Love, International, Short Stories
Bob Van Laerhovenabout this book: "Dangerous Obsessions" is a collection of five short stories. Being a novelist at heart, I don't write many short stories. But in this collection, war is almost invariably the background theme, so I had a leitmotif. I used some of my own wartime-experiences as a basis for these stories, although they mostly are set in the (rather nearby) past to create that necessary distance between the author and his theme. The central theme is warped love that turns into an obsession. I used Belgian Congo in the sixties, Algeria in the fifties, a WWII-concentration camp, a violent Peruvian border-city, and Liberia in the nineties, to evoke the drama's that result from our desires. I consider this collection an excellent introduction to my theme(s) and style(s) in my novels, which often connect the fate of individual people to broad and violent changes in society. Since sex is often used as a 'weapon' in war-situations, the stories are explicit and sometimes shocking. Simultaneously, there is a great compassion for the 'Condition Humaine' in these tales.
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