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The Adventures of Tintin

CATEGORIES: Classic/Culturally Significant

What Astérix and the Moomins are to France and Finland, Tintin is to Belgium. The beloved comics, portraying the titular character and his faithful dog Snowy (Milou in the original French editions), are often cited as literary and cinematic inspiration for creative minds around the globe, with probably the most famous being Steven Spielberg.

War and Turpentine book by Stefan Hertmans

War and Turpentine

Stefan Hertmans
CATEGORIES: Classic/Culturally Significant | Person/Place/Event

Hailed as a “future classic” by The Guardian, this work of literary fiction is based on a series of notebooks given to the author by his grandfather, a painter and World War II veteran. Hertmans converted those dusty pages into a hybrid of fiction and nonfiction that was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2016 by The New York Times Book Review. (Book recommended by H.E. Dirk Wouters, Belgian ambassador to the U.S., in CN Traveler.)

We and Me

Saskia De Coster
CATEGORIES: Sense of Culture

From A Year of Reading the World: “The novel follows the fortunes of the Vandersanden family, spanning more than three decades from 1980 until almost present-day. Living in a housing estate high up a mountain, megalomaniac Mieke, her taciturn husband Stefaan and their increasingly willful and non-communicative daughter Sarah move through their days in isolation, caught in a web of silence that threatens to strangle them all. Through their stories and those of the community around them, De Coster paints a devastating picture of the modern-day nuclear family, revealing how loneliness can be threaded through the most intimate relationships of all.”

(Recommended by Ann Morgan, author and TED speaker)

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