Extract from ‘White Always Looks Good’

‘But when I got up to go to the kitchen it really hit me; the water was just pouring down my legs. Dear oh dear, what’s happening to me? I thought to myself. Oh, what a nuisance this is! Just look at me now with my pants soaking wet, I’m going straight back home, I…

Extract from ‘The Yellow River Is Frozen’

The first time I saw her in the flesh was in the early fifties when she, one of the last remaining Western nuns, was expelled from the country for good on the orders of the government of the Chinese People’s Republic. I was a small boy of seven or eight. And she was a tall,…

Arranger of Voices

The Literary Work of Leo Pleysier 1989 saw the publication of White Always Looks Good (Wit is altijd schoon) by the Flemish author Leo Pleysier (1945-), a book which has every hallmark of a novel, but for which the classification ‘novel’ is nonetheless quite inadequate. Apart from the last few pages, it consists entirely of…