Six Extracts 

Penance every day My grandmother: ‘Oh, Anneke, could you bring some fish too … Three or so herrings for frying.’ My mother: ‘But mother, it’s not Friday, is it?’ My grandmother: ‘It’s an ember day.’ Me: ‘Mummy, what’s an ember day?.’ My mother: ‘It’s when the Church says you have to do penance.’ Me: ‘And…

The Face and Voice of Flanders

Six Family Novels by Erik Vlaminck Maurice (de) Vlaminck was a Fauviste painter who at one time caused a sensation in pre-1914 Paris. August Vlaminck was one of the first Belgian photographers, having begun his career in the nineteenth century as court painter to King Leopold II. And now we have the writer Erik Vlaminck…