Donald, an art dealer, thinks he could put his family jewels to use to create golden opportunities. These are intense times: the euro has crashed, the days are colored by fear, despondency and paranoia, and Donald is about to lose everything he holds dear. But then a diamond merchant asks him to organize a big exhibit in Berlin. Donald senses that his luck is about to change for the better and he embraces the opportunity for a foreign adventure.
Olyslaegers has raised his book to a universal level.Humo
But the Berlin he knew in the party years after 1989 has changed drastically. No one’s waiting for yet another art exhibit. Together with his ex-wife and his son, Donald spends a long night in this new Berlin: a city divided by apocalyptic extravagance and stark helplessness. Before long, Donald’s dream turns into a terrible nightmare…
Olyslaegers performs a high-wire act between monumental and over the top, between cool and affected. And he makes it to the other side, gloriously so.De Standaard