topics
tools
Expatica countries
Index Last Var.(%)
BEL 20 3083.51 0.32
DAX 9605.08 0.17
IBEX 30 10058.5 -1.04
CAC 40 4387.61 -0.20
FTSE 100 6806.86 -0.05
AEX 397.5 -0.20
DJIA 16272.65 0.46
Nasdaq 4318.933 0.63
FTSE MIB 20298.33 -0.11
TSX Composite 14214.35 0.18
ASX 5415.4 -0.10
Hang seng 22836.96 0.04
Straits Times 3110.78 0.45
ISEQ 20 836.3 0.23
EUR / USD 1.37976 0.67
EUR / GBP 0.82571 0.59
USD / GBP 0.598544 -0.10
Gold 1329.6 -0.13
Oil 108.9 -0.76
Silver 21.28 0.08
You are here: Home News Belgian News Vandebril wins Herman de Coninck Debut Prize with...
Enlarge font Decrease font Text size


30/01/2013Vandebril wins Herman de Coninck Debut Prize with bilingual volume of poems

The bilingual volume which earned Michaël Vandebril the 2013 Herman de Coninck Debut Prize is an ode to Maurice Maeterlinck 1862-1949, the Fleming who won a Nobel Prize for Literature for his writings in French. Vanderbril 1972 has both feet firmly on the ground, with a solid position as director of Antwerp Boekenstad, a literary project managed by the city of Antwerp, a wife and father of three. His first volume,  ‘Het vertrek van Maeterlinck / L'exile de Maeterlinck’, immediately earned him the Herman de Coninck Debut Prize. “We award the first work of a poet who accomplishes with 33 poems what other struggling poets need a whole lifetime for,” the jury report states. Every poem has been translated by two award-winning translators.

It’s not surprising that 'Serres Chaudes', Maeterlinck’s first volume, always contains 33 poems. Three of Vandebril’s sources of inspiration, Maeterlinck, Max Elskamp 1862-1931 and Emile Verhaeren 1855-1916 all grew up in Flanders, their work is a testimony to the River Scheldt, and they all wrote in French. “In their time they enjoyed international acclaim chiefly for their specific identity. The fact that my volume is bilingual is not a political statement, but it does convey a message: Belgium is a place where the Roman and Germanic cultures fuse, collide and fertilise each other. Much of Flemish art and literature is influenced by this friction, which could serve to strengthen our identity. That is even acknowledged abroad. Identity does not have a monolithic nature.”




0 reactions to this article

0 reactions to this article

Discussion Forums

Humour in Belgium

Buy Fake Passports ,Drivers license etc (kannymary222@gmail.com)

Television in Belgium

Buy Fake Passports ,Drivers license etc (kannymary222@gmail.com)

Sports in Belgium

Buy Fake Passports ,Drivers license etc (kannymary222@gmail.com)

Sporting Events in Belgium

Buy Fake Passports ,Drivers license etc (kannymary222@gmail.com)

Religion & Spirituality in Belgium

Buy Fake Passports ,Drivers license etc (kannymary222@gmail.com)

participate in the forums

 
 
 
 
 
Inside Expatica
Looking for work in Belgium

Looking for work in Belgium

This handy guide from Expertise in Labour Mobility includes how to write a CV, application procedure, interview dos and don'ts, Belgian management culture.

Practical, easy-to-use, free and... in English

Practical, easy-to-use, free and... in English

Belgium’s first alternative directory assistance services - available through the shortcode 14-14 - can now be accessed on the internet.

Finding a rental home in Belgium

Finding a rental home in Belgium

Moving to Belgium presents a host of challenges to expats, not least of all finding the right home.

Learning to cope with life abroad

Learning to cope with life abroad

The psychological effects of global mobility can be physically painful.