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Old 12-11-2014   #71
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Re: L'école belge de l'étrange

As a lover of print and paper, I rarely read literature that is published online. Gauvin's translations of Quiriny is one of those rare exceptions - his stories are simply captivating. I hope that we will some day see a translation of his stories materialised in a book - a real, printed book.
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Re: L'école belge de l'étrange

In case anyone might be interested, fresh translations of Marcel Béalu posted here: Marcel Béalu: from Memoirs of the Dark | diseased gardens.com
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Re: L'école belge de l'étrange

I tried to find Yellowish Haze's cover gallery but the link seems dead, but I found this one.
https://www.facebook.com/MaraboutFan.../photos_stream

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Re: L'école belge de l'étrange

Thanks, Robert. I haven't realized such a page was there on FB. The covers should still be visible in my album: THE NIGHTMARE NETWORK

Let me know if you can see it.

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Yes, I can see it now.

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Re: L'école belge de l'étrange

I just put up a new Franz Hellens translation at WFR. The story is "The Double" which Edward Gauvin mentions in his post about Hellens' work.

The Double | Weird Fiction Review

And here's Gauvin's essay on Hellens and his work:

The Many Doubles of Franz Hellens | Weird Fiction Review
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Re: L'école belge de l'étrange

I just finished reading de Ghelderode's L'écrivain public, the first story in Sortilèges, and I am stunned by the relentless Ligottian character of the piece. I don't just mean this in connection to the Borgesian notion that writers create their precursors, I mean the similarities in tone, theme and even language are uncanny. I suppose that Ligotti channels de Ghelderode the same way he channels Schulz or HPL occasionally, but a story built around an unreliable narrator living at the edge of town and his relationship with a wax effigy demands to be called Ligottian, even if it predates Ligotti's birth. At some point, the narrator says he felt évidée dans l'obscurité sidérale, which could be translated as "hollowed out in starry blackness" and if that is not something TL could, or indeed, has written, I am the chief of staff for the Mongol army.

Anyway, I can't wait to read the rest of the stories. My copy is the Gallimard edition, very cheap, very spartan. I bought it in the only French bookstore of this city, where I also found a copy of Cendrars' La Main coupée, which I didn't purchase, even though it was dirt cheap - Folio edition - because I am an idiot. De Ghelderode has an eye for obscure detail in psychological variation, a bit like de Maupassant: he transmits subtle change in emotion or perception with rare insight and elegance.

As always, I am astonished at how I have managed not to read writers, who seem to have written with me in mind as their ideal reader. My gratitude to the thread starter and everyone else participating in this thread. If my acquaintance with de Ghelderode is any indication, many pleasures await me in the Belgian School of the Strange.

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Re: L'école belge de l'étrange

I just noticed Edward Gauvin was recently interviewed in reference to Anne Richter's story "The Great Pity of the Zintram Family", which he translated into English.

"Temporal Dislocation in a Changing World": An Interview with Edward Gauvin

The Great Pity of the Zintram Family


Edit: And his translation of Paul Willem's "The Cathedral of Mist" is due to be published this year in May by Wakefield Press.

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Re: L'école belge de l'étrange

I just found out that Wakefield Press will publish the first comprehensive English translation of de Ghelderode's Sortilèges in October. This is a collection of stories I am still reading, as slowly as I possibly can, because it is a treasure chest of decadent and macabre delights. [Also because I don't have any bloody time anymore and I am a slower reader in French]

Ideally, you should just preorder it after you finish reading this post. Pure magnificence.

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Re: L'école belge de l'étrange

RE. I just found out that Wakefield Press will publish the first comprehensive English translation of de Ghelderode's Sortilèges in October. This is a collection of stories I am still reading, as slowly as I possibly can, because it is a treasure chest of decadent and macabre delights. [Also because I don't have any bloody time anymore and I am a slower reader in French]

Thanks Xylokopos for this reminder. The new de Ghelderode translation had been on my calendar but I hadn't realized that I could preorder it. I will fix that omission now!

Wakefield Press presents some amazing work through rare english translations, (though I sometimes wish that they would publish physically larger editions). I am currently enjoying their recent publication of "The Cathedral of Mist," by Paul Willems, which is wonderful.

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