In the middle of a summer night, Elisabeth, the oldest resident of the Sound & Love Commune, dies. Her sister Melodie and their two other housemates are arrested: the group’s attempts to stop eating and start living on light and love alone appears to have been fatal to Elisabeth. From unworldly idealists on the fringes of society, the three suddenly become suspects in a criminal case. Through the eyes of the night, the neighbours, doubt, the scent of an orange, and many other characters and entities, we see how each of those involved gives a different answer to the question of how Elisabeth came to die. Who is to blame? And does the commune still have a future? We Are Light is a highly original novel about manipulation, vulnerability, and what leads people to reject science as they try to be better. It is based on true story of a Commune in Utrecht (Netherlands) whose members decided to stop eating and live on light and love alone.
Supported by the Nederlands Letterenfonds / Dutch Foundation for Literature as part of their New Dutch Writing programme
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