Based on his own experience of losing his brother to a wasting disease, Philippe Besson's new novel is a remarkable and powerful exploration of the experience of watching a loved one die young, decline and eventually die, whether it be from cancer, Aids ot any disease that gradually wastes the body and mind of the sufferer.
The Hidden Sense
"Van Campen reports that some studies define synesthesia as a brain impairment, a short circuit between two different areas. But synesthetes cannot imagine perceiving in any other way; many claim that synesthesia helps them in daily life. Van Campen investigates just what the function of synesthesia might be and what it might tell us about our own sensory perceptions. He examines the experiences of individual synesthetes - from Patrick, who sees music as images and finds the most beautiful ones spring from the music of Prince, to the schoolgirl Sylvia, who is surprised to learn that not everyone sees the alphabet in colors as she does. And he finds suggestions of synesthesia in the work of Seriabin, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Nabokov, Poe, and Baudelaire.".