Murphy Slaughter - Roni Klinkhamer


  • Dutch
  • Paperback
  • Pressure: 1
  • November 2013
  • 640 pages

She was once nominated in Muziekkrant OOR as tip of the year and once she was one of the winners of a radio prize in Paradiso with Doe Maar. Roni Klinkhamer, however, stuck to the more solitary visual art, of which her text performances, when poetry slams did not yet exist, were a natural part. Late, but never too late, she exchanged the brush for the pen for a longer period of time, resulting in Murphy Slaughter, a bulky novel.

Just before the solo exhibition of the promising artist Murphy Slaughter, his 'piece de résistence', The Leapmap to Freedom, gets lost. He tries to cover up this disaster with all kinds of white lies. His own imagination runs wild and he literally runs to the paradisiacal looking holiday destination Humtytown. There he discovers that something is wrong with bottled water, a discovery that threatens to be fatal for him and his friends.

From that moment on, the hilarious situations and oppressive moments follow each other at an ever faster pace. In this cascade of destiny, fatality and predestination, the term 'Leapmap to Freedom' takes on a very ominous meaning.

With Murphy Slaughter, Roni Klinkhamer delivers a novel with its own literary character, entertaining at times and a real piece of art. Her language game is reminiscent of James Joyce and the frayed way of dealing with the different languages echoes Andy Warhol.