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The sorrow of Belgium /
Hugo Claus ; translated from the Dutch by Arnold J. Pomerans.
1st American ed. --
New York : Pantheon Books, c1990.
ix, 608 p. ; 25 cm.
0394562631 :
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New York : Pantheon Books, c1990.
0394562631 :
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Translation of: Het verdriet van Belgiƫ.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1990-06-01:
As the war rages and ebbs in occupied Belgium between 1939 and 1947, Louis is struggling through the trials of adolescence. Knowledge in all its forms is his personal battleground as he moves from the sheltered world of the convent school to the chaos of death, internment, and reunification. His family, staunchly Flemish, collaborates willingly with the Germans. His pompous father hints at Gestapo connections, his bored mother blossoms in her new responsibility for German munitions, and the rest of his extended family lies enthralled by Nazi ``discipline and order.'' Laced through everything is the constant tension between the Flemish and French linguistic and cultural traditions. Claus's well-written novel of discovery is a fine depiction of life under occupation that offers American readers a fresh perspective of events during the war. While its innovative structure makes for some tedious moments, it finally succeeds through its careful attention to Louis's changing awareness in a dynamic time.-- Paul E. Hutchison, Fishermans Paradise, Bellefonte, Pa.
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Table of Contents
Translator's Notep. vii
The Sorrowp. 1
The visitp. 3
Hearing and seeingp. 15
Mary the cowp. 25
Sister st. gerolphep. 29
Olibriusp. 37
Concerning another childp. 41
The mizzlersp. 49
Martyrsp. 57
Wallep. 65
Grandmap. 80
The moosep. 91
Uncle florentp. 100
Uncle robertp. 107
The land of smilesp. 115
A small cudgelp. 124
The scapularp. 130
Reconnaissancep. 136
A golden knucklebonep. 139
His vile facep. 148
Bastegemp. 157
Uncle armandp. 180
A carpenterp. 185
Meerkep. 192
God's great outdoorsp. 196
A fig leafp. 203
Sister chillyp. 208
A shameful yellow basketp. 219
Of Belgiump. 233
Glossaryp. 605
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