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Paul Mennes
The Proposal

Like most of his work, his Radiobooks story is full of references to popular culture. A young man decides to propose to his Japanese girlfriend inspired by a scene from a Steven Spielberg movie.

“What I didn’t say was that Spielberg makes me sick. I like science fiction but what Spielberg cooks up is too sweet for me. Close Encounters of the Third Kind was OK until all the characters went down the new age road before the term had been invented. Jurassic Park was a clever way for Universal Studios’ merchandising and marketing department to break records. Raiders of the Lost Ark is escapism with too big a budget, and the sequels were computer games for which you had to buy cinema tickets. Minority Report and War of the Worlds were weighed down by the presence of that performing rodent Tom Cruise. And if I ever find anything like E.T. in the cellar, I’ll put down rat poison.”

The Proposal by Paul Mennes was translated by Michael Blass. The story is read by David Swatling.

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Paul Mennes

Paul Mennes was born in 1967 and made his literary debut in 1994 with the short novel ‘Tox.’ The humorous take on the Lost Generation is set in a provincial village where sixteen year old Tox spends his days zapping, snorting cocaine and writing a self-help manual for suicide. Compared favourably to popular brat-pack authors such as Brett Easton Ellis and Douglas Coupland, the book won Mennes the Flemish Debut Prize.

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