the ledge files
the ledge - nl - uk
new
search
conversations
books
Marcel
Erwin Mortier
publisher: Meulenhoff, Amsterdam, 1999

translated as:
Marcel
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam,
translation: Ina Rilke

refered to by:
The Sorrow of Belgium
Hugo Claus


full text search:


the ledge - flash version*

*

A ten-year old boy lives alone with his grandmother in a Flemish village. Among the photographs his grandmother cherishes is a portrait of Marcel, who died young, far away. How did he die? The little boy is determined to find out. When he finds letters from Marcel in the attic, he decides to take them to school. He points excitedly to the letterhead - an eagle holding something in its claws. As his fellow pupils fall silent, the teacher explains that the symbol is a swastika. Undeterred, the boy decides that he must discover what became of Marcel. Marcel is a sympathetic, often hilarious exploration of hidden pasts, of pride and shame - of the burden of guilt borne by so many in post-war Europe.

bookweb    
BOOKS BY ERWIN MORTIER:

Marcel
1999
A novel about a child's growing awareness of the secret at the heart of his family.
My Fellow Skin
2000
In this story about love as second skin, Mortier remains true to the perspective of his debut, Marcel, looking at the world through the eyes of an observant and impressionable young boy, Anton Calewijn.
:
 
make a note
name

note


Code (above)


The Ledge
editor-in-chief: Stacey Knecht, info@the-ledge.com
Thanks to: De digitale pioniers and
Het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Design: Maurits de Bruijn

Copyright: Pieter Steinz, Stacey Knecht
All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author.