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Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****

Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****

“Il ne se passe toujours rien au front belge.” Shortly before his death in 1981, Stefan Hertmans’ grandfather gave him a couple of filled exercise books. Stories he’d heard as a child had led Hertmans to suspect that their contents might be disturbing, and for years he didn’t dare to open them. When he finally did, he discovered unexpected secrets. His grandfather’s life was marked by years of childhood poverty in late-nineteenth-century Belgium, by horrific experiences on the frontlines during…

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Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****

Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****

“Il ne se passe toujours rien au front belge.” Shortly before his death in 1981, Stefan Hertmans’ grandfather gave him a couple of filled exercise books. Stories he’d heard as a child had led Hertmans to suspect that their contents might be disturbing, and for years he didn’t dare to open them. When he finally did, he discovered unexpected secrets. His grandfather’s life was marked by years of childhood poverty in late-nineteenth-century Belgium, by horrific experiences on the frontlines during…

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