What Has Belgium Ever Done…
… other than being invaded in two world wars? (No disrespect, God knows they weren’t the only ones.) Admittedly, it also plays host to the EU but that’s probably on the Canberra basis – they couldn’t agree which, so they picked one in between. At least, that’s my theory.
On account of the EU, Brussels in recent years has acquired status as a swearword in most countries in Europe; or at the very least as a synonym for… well. Any number of negative things since the EU’s faults are many: lack of democracy, bureaucracy, common agricultural policy… [insert your problem with the EU here]. Playground swings which due to health & safety considerations will not actually swing (not to mention they even look the same all over Europe)!
The Great Belgian Book Challenge
I feel Brussels and the Belgians deserve a bit better… (after all, the EU is not their fault).
I also feel that the good people of Brussels don’t deserve to be blown up any more than the rest of us. So as an act of solidarity, I’m inviting you all in joining me to find and read a Belgian book and, if you are a blogger, by all means, write a post about it… You don’t have to promise not to slag it off if it turns out to be rubbish, not even as an act of solidarity, mind!
To start us all of:
The only Belgian literary character I know is Hercule Poirot and he was not written by a Belgian.
I had a look in Wikipedia: there were some authors listed, for Belgian literature in Dutch, French and Walloon. I only ever heard of Maurice Maeterlinck and I haven’t read a single word by him. At least not up to now. (And I might still opt for somebody else.)
So there you are. Please leave a comment if you have any recommendations or if you’re willing to take up the challenge!