This unique, illustrated book in English contains a selection of twenty-one pieces written by foreign authors based on their stay in Brussels or Flanders. They reveal a little of the authors' inner world, and reflect on writing far from home, isolation, and the excitement of the new. Does it matter where one writes? What does ‘home' mean?
The book brings together some of the finest pieces that have been written to date, loosely categorised into six themes: "Travellers", "Scanning the City", "Traces", "Belgium", "Microcosm" and "Subterfuges". The book opens with Richard Powers' text "Among the Missing". The author was in Brussels in May of 2010 for the launch of Writing Away from Home.
With texts by Petr Borokovec (CZE), Alan Cherchesov (RUS), Jonathan Coe (UK), Sylvie Durbec (FRA), Monika Fagerholm (FIN), Patrick French (UK), Janice Galloway (UK), Eva Gerlach (NLD), Nedim Gürsel (TUR), Alan Hollinghurst (UK), Lucas Hüsgen (NLD), Chantal Maillard (ESP), Lydia Mischkulnig (AUT), Alan Pauls (ARG), Richard Powers (USA), Olivier Rolin (FRA), Julian Rubinstein (USA), Jan Sonnergaard (DNK), Su Tong (CHN), Tod Wodicka (USA) and Philippa Yaa de Villiers (RSA).
148 pages paperback
ISBN 978 94 9091800 2
Illustrated with authors' portraits by Belgian photographer Alexandra Cool.
Available at fine bookshops in Brussels, at the Passa Porta Bookshop or via e-mail at email@example.com.