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The sorrow of Belgium

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Pantheon Books,
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1st American ed.
A classic novel in the tradition of The Tin Drum, The Sorrow of Belgium is a searing, scathingly funny portrait of a wartime Belgium and one boy's coming of age -- emotionally, sexually, and politically. In 1939, Louis Seynaeve, a ten-year-old Flemish student, is chiefly occupled with schoolboy adventures and lurid adolescent fantasies. Then the Nazis invade Belgium, and he grows up fast. Bewildered by his family -- a stuffy father who actually welcomes the occupation and a flirtatious mother who works for (and plays with) the Germans -- he is seemingly at the center of so much he can't understand. Gradually, as he confronts the horrors of the war and its aftermath, the eccentric and often petty behavior of his colorful relatives and neighbors, and his own inner turmoil, he achieves a degree of maturity -- at the cost of deep disillusion. Epic in scope, by turns hilarious and elegiac, The Sorrow of Belgium is the masterwork by one of the world's greatest contemporary authors. Book jacket.
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full_title sorrow of belgium
author claus hugo
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lastUpdate 2018-02-20 04:19:32AM

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subject_facet Belgium -- History -- 1914- -- Fiction, World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction
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title_full The sorrow of Belgium / Hugo Claus ; translated from the Dutch by Arnold J. Pomerans
title_short The sorrow of Belgium
topic_facet History, World War, 1939-1945