Sunday, August 24, 2008

UN ECRIVAIN BELGE


For some inexplicable but delightful reason, the Belgian French-language newspaper Le Soir just published a short piece on Omega Minor, calling it un roman majeur de l'année.
Unexpected, but nice for two reasons: (a) The book isn't out in French yet (the incomparable and no doubt insomniac Claro is soon starting on his translation - I can't wait), but I have now seen advance echoes in three French-language newspapers, and that is promising; and, more importantly: (b) It is, believe me, very touching to be written up with some modicum of national pride by my compatriots across the language border. For some reason, Walloons and Flemings are supposed to hate each other's guts, and our politicians are indeed at each other's throat, but culturally? Oh my, give me Magritte, Amelie Nothomb, and Jacques Brel anytime, baby. (And Django - can we claim Django, you think?)

2 comments:

de stiftdichter said...

En volstrekt terecht al dat lof …
Het is alweer lang geleden dat ik Omega Minor las.
Maar in mijn herinnering is het heel levendig als een soort reis blijven hangen.
Eén met heel veel verschillende landschappen en kleuren.
Waw!
en …
merci …

Paul Verhaeghen said...

Dank u.

En is lof niet de Belgische groente bij uitstek?