Extract from ‘Chapel Road’

In the Room over the Café Vapeur didn’t see his daughter leaving for good . . . he was drunkenly blathering his world language . . . he sang; he sang his grief away and he sang in order to get enough courage to start on that gutter tomorrow … he’d have to start on it,…

Against the Status Quo

Louis Paul Boon in a Wider Literary Context Louis Paul Boon (1912-1979) stands apart from other Flemish writers of his generation because of his insistence on finding his own voice. That distinct voice combines a rootedness in Boon’s own particular Flemish locality — the outskirts of Aalst, a provincial Flemish town — with an emphatic and even aggressive…