Occupied City. Paul van Ostaijen on the Map of Modernism
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Occupied City. Paul van Ostaijen on the Map of Modernism

(Jane Fenoulhet) The Low Countries - 2017, № 25, p. 295-296

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There are some literary works written in Dutch without which the narrative of literature in Europe is incomplete. Occupied City by the Flemish poet Paul van Ostaijen (1896-1928) is one of them. None of the standard textbooks on modernism in European literature that I consulted even mention Van Ostaijen despite the existence of anthologies of both his poetry and his prose in English translation. It is to be hoped that Occupied City in David Colmer’s lively and engrossing translation will be the work to change this.

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