|Amélie Nothomb’s new novel La Nostalgie Heureuse|
Internationally-acclaimed Belgian author Amélie Nothomb’s new novel La Nostalgie Heureuse is racing up the bestseller charts. But back in 2009 when her memoir Tokyo Fiancée topped the charts, I asked Nothomb about her love affair with a – gasp! – man that she famously documented in her memoir.
“I loved a Japanese boy and it was a nice and strange experience,” Nothomb told me. “But then I escaped and I wanted to explain this poetic place. He wanted to marry and marriage is not for me.”
Why not? Are you a dyke?
“I am very open to that state of mind and most of the characters in my books are quite indefinite when it comes to their sexual identities,” Nothomb replied. “Indefinite like their author.”
That’s as close to publicly coming out as Amélie Nothomb has ever come.