In Search of Self

New Prose Writing in Dutch after 1985 Revisor Prose The wave of innovation which gave rise to the ‘new’ prose of the 1980s first made its appearance in the Netherlands with the publication in 1974 of the literary journal De revisor. The generation of young writers which it brought to the fore — Dirk Ayelt…

Two Extracts

Hands over my ears ‘Can I have another vodka and orange?’ asked Carla. ‘No,’ I said. ‘I’m off home then.’ ‘Fine.’ ‘Are you coming?’ ‘Maybe. I haven’t finished my whisky and coke.’ ‘OK, I’ll wait.’ She waited while I took my time. ‘I thumped someone tonight,’ I said as I drank, ‘for no reason, just…

‘Nothing worthwhile ever happens, except maybe some acts of consolation’

Literature according to Herman Brusselmans Herman Brusselmans, the self-proclaimed Handsome Young Jupiter of Flemish literature, is nothing if not prolific. Since his debut in 1982 he has published two books a year with clockwork regularity and his total production now exceeds thirty titles. His first effort, a collection of stories, was not an immediate hit, but in the novels…

It’s a Matter of Awareness

An Extract from Herman Brusselmans’ Diary of a Weary Egoist Today I smoked about sixty cigarettes, I think — well, probably a few more. Exactly how many, I don’t know. Since the day I smoked exactly sixty-four (the seventh of January 1987), I’ve given up counting. I don’t count the drink any more either. I’ve…