"Today in the Bookshop", a fascinating first publication (surprisingly still available only in the original Dutch) by Harry Pallemans, an author examining personal experience. Famous for his short stories, previously broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Mr. Pallemans now specialises in the translation of literary novels into his native tongue, including Mark Haddon's excellent "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time".
Pallemans' figurative style is best illustrated in Chapter 9 "Een bakje water" where with subtle didactism we learn of the origin of bagpipes and the drainage of Richmond Palace. Though Troppo encourages the use of his "books as placemats", ultimately his technique is more total than defensive, and serious readers are thus directed to Mr. Pallemans' subsequent antipodean opus 'De fasen" (q.v.).
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