The story of a turbulent friendship between a homeless man and a journalist who is writing a book about him, reveals the family secrets of both.
Year of publication: 2022
No. of pages: 280
Klemen is an advertising writer and ex-journalist, disappointed with a world ruled by money and hypocrisy. Frenk is an occasional homeless man who has ended up in psychiatric institutions several times, but otherwise he is full of ideas that always fail. A friendship with ups and downs develops between the two, which helps Klemen overcome his own naivety and his role as a victim of the patriarchy, while Frenk – who wants Klemen to write a book about him – hopes that together they will find an answer to the question of who his father is.
The novel Titov sin opens up a space beyond the established (and unjust) dichotomies, in which the rational and irrational could be connected in an open dialogue. Klemen tells his thoughts to a psychoanalyst, which not only brings him closer to his essence and the dark family secret, but also discovers that “madness” is more than a social construct.
That is why Tito’s son is also a sharp and current critique of the one-sided understanding of “normality”, hierarchical relationships, the forced marginalization and stigmatization of madness, and above all, appeals to tolerance and deinstitutionalization.