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Sorrow of Belgium, the (1983) [Novel]
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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.

Original title: Het verdriet van Belgie
Original languages: Dutch


Genre: FictionHistoricalWorld War IIGeneral

Edition #1: The Sorrow of Belgium

The Sorrow of Belgium (1990)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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Manifested in:

The Sorrow of Belgium (2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Woodstock, NY
Publisher: Overlook Press
ISBN: 1585672386
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.7 x 1.5
Pages: 608

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