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Become what You Are – Between Lavish Living and Piousness. Notes on The Sorrow of Belgium and The Legend of Ulenspiegel
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Become what You Are – Between Lavish Living and Piousness. Notes on The Sorrow of Belgium and The Legend of Ulenspiegel

(Luc Devoldere) The Low Countries - 2011, № 19, pp. 72-81

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In this article the author examines the extent to which the image of Flemish greedy sensuality and mysticism (or lavish living and piousness) is projected, if at all, in two grand novels that have become the idiosyncratic national epics of a country that is not a nation. The two books do not confirm the clichés but they play with them in their own way. At most they show how artists become what they are, how they manage to survive amid the lies and the horror.

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