The Measure of Our Exile. On the City Essays of Guy Vaes
(Philip Mosley) The Low Countries – 2017, № 25, pp. 268-275
Guy Vaes (1927-2012) was a Belgian author whose magic realist fiction also drew on modernist psychological investigations and ideas of alienation. His death in his native city of Antwerp marked a broader passing, that of the francophone Flemish author. Along with Paul Willems, who died in 1997, Vaes was the last major resident representative of this curious and anachronistic line. As it gradually faded, it wove a valedictory narrative of a kind that haunts present-day Belgium. As a dedicated flaneur, Vaes felt a sense of dispossession and loss, but chose not to associate it openly with Flanders.
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