My Little War (Belgian Literature Series) Paperback – 19 Jan 2010
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[B]y far the best thing produced by post-war Belgian literature. --Marnix Gijsen
His blitz technique produces its strangest effects in this little journal from the war and the post-war period, which booms crazily, as if Boon s typewriter had been rattling away like a machine-gun. --R. F. Lissens
This slender volume, originally published in 1947 but only now available in English for the first time, is an anti-epic. Boon is less interested in his own misfortunes than in those of the people he encounters along his way. --Jim Ruland
About the Author
Louis Paul Boon's (1912-1979) oeuvre spans several genres, including historical epics, newspaper columns, and scabrous novels such as Chapel Road and Summer in Termuren.
Paul Vincent is an award-winning translator of Dutch literature whose translation of Hendrik Marsman's Herinnering aan Holland earned the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize.
Top customer reviews
"My Little War" was his first novel,published just after WW2 and composed of small ,short stories loosely connected about Belgium during WW2. This is North Belgium,Flanders, where the language is a dialect of Dutch(Flemish), the people are religious and times are tough.
The topics sweep from the usual wartime fare of collaborators,resistance fighters,bombs,frontline action and then liberation,brimming with Boon's dark humour as various characters come and go.
Well worth a read....
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