An Extract from ‘A Thousand Hills’

Hello young man, come in. How nice of you to come and shave me. I close my eyes. Does this interfere with your work? I can’t see you, but I can feel you. I like the sharpness of your knife, I quite like the way it rasps. The bare sound cleanses me. Mind my throat,…

Two Extracts from ‘Great European Novel’

Mission statement I want to write a book in the style of the Great American Novel, disguised as a Great European Novel. I’ve googled it and there’s no such thing as yet. Sweeping and epic, it should sum up the history of European humanity, but from the narrow perspective of people who live or work…

The Everyday is Good

The Novels of Koen Peeters Conversaties met K. (Conversations with K., 1988), the first novel of Koen Peeters (1959), sports a stamp from the Belgian Congo on its cover. Almost a quarter of a century later the Leuven author published Duizend heuvels (A Thousand Hills, 2012), his great novel about the small neighbouring country of…