Tom Solemn – A Biography: The Anatomy of a Death is a literary novel exploring the nature of creativity as it – creativity – relates to dying and death. Music, poetry and prose converge to animate the stories of a man grieving for a lost son, a monk struggling to believe in God, an abandoned boy finding solace in a monastery, a group of itinerant women quarrying rock, an old man drawing a cart, and a man living alone on a farm, animals – a crow, a horse, a lamb, a pig and a donkey – his only companions. Who, then, is Tom Solemn? And does it matter? . . . When you’re up against eternity, you don’t stand a chance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matthias Stockenström grew up on a farm in the northern reaches of South Africa, south of the Botswana border. Now he works as a novelist and lives in Cape Town.