All Said Before

Menno Wigman’s Ennui Innovation is impossible. The Earth revolves around the sun, summer gives way to winter, people are born and try to leave a few copies of their DNA behind before they die, and every generation does its best to put the essence of existence into words as if it hasn’t all been said…

Quest for his Dreamland

Jeroen Brouwers’s East Indies Triptych For several centuries now writing has no longer been an activity exclusive to gentlemen of leisure, but even in the twentieth century there are still writers around who are lords and masters of a piece of land, a city, or a building. Faulkner exercises his authority over Yoknapatawpha County, Proust…

Postmodernism in the Literature of the Low Countries

The Dutch language area, like the rest of Europe, did not see the term postmodernism come into use until the early 1980s. The interest generated by this new ‘concept of criticism’ soon gave rise to a welter of publications, all more or less inspired by Jean-Francois Lyotard’s philosophical essay, The Postmodern Condition (La condition postmoderne,…