The Face and Voice of Flanders. Six Family Novels by Erik Vlaminck
(Frank Hellemans) The Low Countries - 2007, № 15, pp. 112-118
The writer Erik Vlaminck (1954-) uses in a cycle of six novels verbal photography to portray a century of Flanders through the maternal and paternal side of his family. The voice of the common people resounds in all its proverbial pithiness and wisdom. But after each soundbite the sound engineer Vlaminck steps aside and the lucid photographer in him produces a lucid and vivid snapshot of the scenes just shot with a soundtrack. It is this combination of popular empathy and photographic distance that makes Vlaminck's cycle such an exceptional narrative. (with translated excerpts)
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