Irvine Welsh is obviously well know for the legendary Trainspotting (1993). Welsh’s genius debut novel was made into a just as brilliant movie by Danny Boyle – with breakthrough roles by Ewan McGregor c.s., an exhilarating soundtrack (‘Born Slippy’!) and an infamous party at the Cannes International Film Festival. The marginal characters taking the lead in his debut have gone on to populate his later novels too: druggies, pimps, drunks, people on the fringes of life, usually expressing themselves in rich Scottish slang. In his latest novel Crime that’s no different, albeit that Welsh is more openly showing his engagement this time.
After a rather traumatic crime investigation and the ensuing burn out, Scottish Detective Inspector Ray Lennox retreats to the shelter of sunny Florida. Getting married, resting and trying to stay off drugs are his main goals for the future. But while Trudi can’t stop talking about the upcoming wedding, Ray, becoming ever more depressed, turns to the local bars and clubs of downtown Miami. When two women offer him cocaine and sex, he doesn’t have to think about it for long. In their apartment he meets a ten year old girl on the verge of becoming a victim of a paedophile network. Lennox takes her into his care, but soon realizes that the demons haunting him in Edinburgh will not leave him alone here either.
Irvine Welsh will be interviewed by Ronald Rovers (VPRO Gids, Filmkrant).
Location: Theater aan het Spui, Spui 187, The Hague
Start: 20.00 o'clock
Please purchase your tickets, €7,50 each, at Theater aan het Spui:
phone: 070-346 5272
‘You never know what you're going to get with Irvine Welsh, other than guaranteed intelligence. His most ardent fans willingly admit that some of his middle works were a touch inclined to pointless scatology and druggie meanderings. But what you get here, fans will be delighted to learn, is a triumph. A thoughtful, rather brave take on paedophile rings and the minds, fast and slow, behind them. It could have touched on creepy; it could have slipped into prurient. Instead, it is incredibly sure-footed.' - The Observer
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