A Longing for Reconciliation. The Significance of Erwin Mortier's Prose. An Extract from ‘Sleep of the Gods' by Erwin Mortier
(Cyrille Offermans) The Low Countries - 2010, № 18, pp. 140-145
Mortier writes a refined, sensual Dutch unmarred by fashionable clichés. The world his books evoke is still conventional and Catholic to the core. Sleep of the Gods (2008) has the Great War as its theme: it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as The Sorrow of Belgium (1983) by Hugo Claus. “Our age, in the face of the incomprehensible disaster that these nations brought upon themselves, must keep alive a ‘work of memory'”, is the deep conviction of the writer.
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