Looking for Belgian Literature Classics
Posted 25 September 2004 - 01:37 AM
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Posted 27 September 2004 - 03:10 AM
"De leeuw van Vlaanderen" (The Lion of Flanders) by Hendrik Conscience
"Pallieter" by Felix Timmermans
"Pieter Daens" by Louis Paul Boonis (a true story which will teach you a lot about Flemish history)
anything written by Hugo Claus
Some more authors:
If you like poetry:
Paul Van Ostaijen
These are all rather old books and writers, if you want some more recent literature, here's some names:
I can't of any other names right now (I read mostly American and English books), but I hope this helps.
Posted 30 September 2004 - 10:17 AM
Posted 12 October 2004 - 09:47 AM
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I could make a few suggestions, based on what the person prefers to read.
There's not too many authors I really like, I prefer the great modernists and it seems like we skipped that movement a bit in Belgium.
My favorite would be Willem Ellschot (who hasn't been mentioned yet in the thread) who was an early twentieth century writer who hasn't written a whole lot (complete works around 900 pages) but is really worth checking out if one likes irony (he used his own experiences as a basis for his writings, but he uses it in an ironic way, truly remarkable).
The best thing about him is that he writes in a very simple language while still producing some of the greatest literature in Flemish history (think Kafka like language, short, clear sentences, even though the atmosphere is nowhere near as haunting).
Recommended works would be 'Lijmen - Het Been' and 'Kaas'. All are very short but very rewarding once you start to understand a bit how it works.
Hugo Claus has been mentioned in the thread, "Het Verdriet Van BelgiŽ" - "The Sorrow of Belgium" is probably the greatest book written in Belgium in this century but it's not an easy one, and it requires some background knowledge of Claus as a person and Belgium as a whole during WWII.
Louis Paul Boon has also been mentioned, another great writer who found a lot of inspiration in the social injustice he saw during his time.
Those are really the three greats IMO.
There are others worth mentioning, (see the thread, Streuvels, Walschap, Buysse (playwright), Timmermans (whom I personally detest).
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