Powl is a realistic, moving and funny account of the impediments and enrichments of a life with autism.
Paul (49) is autistic. During the week he lives in a collective and every other weekend he stays with his mum. He has a terrarium in his living room with two reptiles. He works for the parks department and is secretly in love with Carol, who is 25 years younger.
One of the reptiles ate the plastic plant and died, the other one has gone missing.
At town hall, where Paul is allowed to use the bathroom because he dislikes Dixies, the ladies and gents signs have been switched. This causes a lot of unbearable confusion. And on top of this, everybody mispronounces his name.
Pauwlis a realistic, moving and funny account of the impediments and enrichments of a life with autism. After Hello Wall Erik Jan Hermans again has written a novel that comes straight from the soul.
My name is Paul. People often have diffi culty pronouncing my name. Th ey’ll say ‘Pal’. Or like this, ‘Powl’.
My surname is Peelage. Paul Peelage. It’s remarkable that my fi rst and last names start with a p. When I was at school, I was teased about my name; classmates would make a lot of saliva when pronouncing the p’s: ‘Pppff fal! Pppff feelage!’
PAUWL is de nieuwe roman van Erik Jan Harmens. Een realistisch, ontroerend en humoristisch boek over de beperkingen én verrijkingen van een leven met autisme. In PAUWL, The Movie, vertellen redacteur Jasper Henderson, Erik Jans zoon Julian en meelezers Selin Kuscu, Lili Burki en Stijn de Vries over de totstandkoming ervan.