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Christ's Entry into Brussels by [Verhulst, Dimitri]
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'Amusing' --Guardian

About the Author

DIMITRI VERHULST (b. 1972) is the author of many award-winning books in his native Flemish, three of which have previously been translated into English. His work is translated into two dozen languages worldwide. DAVID COLMER is a multi-award winning translator whose work includes translations of Hugo Claus, Adriaan van Dis, Anna Enquist and Arthur Japin. In 2012 he was awarded the Dutch Foundation for Literature prize for lifetime achievement in translation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GPDN5WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #774,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found the book in my letter-box in the morning, thought, I'll have a quick look, got hooked, read the book from cover to cover within the space of a few hours and found that I had not had such a good time - in the sense of laugh-out-loud fun - with a book for a long time. Fellow-passengers on the bus must have been wondering....

Especially to be recommended for (ex) Christians who know their BOOK and for residents of our fine European capital in the heart of Belgium.

Apart from the hilarious humour, some very graphic serious social criticism as well.

5 stars also for the translator.
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it's disappointing that this little gem of mordant wit hasn't been noticed much much more. Wildly funny thinking-through how an event that would shake the world - Christ's second coming - would be managed nowadays. The setting is very specifically Brussels - and there are a lot of laughs in that specificity - but the points made are universal. The targets are hit like ninepins, not just religion nor being Belgian but celebrity culture and city living and relationships and how we treat refugees; the tone is perfectly maintained even when events darken, the translation is precise and beautiful. Laugh and think!
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This is a terrific book which I too read in a day, just couldn't put it down. Along the way of satirising officialdom and attitudes, it is very informative about Belgium and Belgians (Belgian movies, eg Aaltra or El Dorado,tend to be mordantly funny as well), and in a way hopeful, as the news of Christ's coming gets people out of their isolated and humdrum lives. There is an 1888 painting by James Ensor in the Getty art museum in LA of Christ in Brussels - www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=932&handle=li. I feel there must be a connection.
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Another Nicholas Lezard Paperback of the Week - great title, great locale (especially if you watched that gripping police series on BBC4 earlier-2014). maybe a too-easy target for grim satire. yet the characters are believable, the public behaviour predictably lampoonable. it builds up expectations of a great climax, that big surprise twist, the denouement to end all; but as the final pages are turned the realisation sets in... ... that he had a deadline to meet, a publisher's fee to end, so - Cut !
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Sardonic wit abounds in this portrayal of modern Brussels. A short and thoughtful novel.
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