Louis Paul Boon  

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Boon was very familiar with the grotesque literary tradition. He read the grotesque stories and novellas of Paul van Ostaijen at an early date. “Where is the literary history that gives proper attention to Van Ostaijen’s Bende van de stronk?” enquired Boon on October 26, 1945, in De roode vaan. He was also quick to read and appreciate Kafka’s grotesque prose. He was familiar with the translations of Kafka’s work, made by no less a person than Paul van Ostaijen, a great admirer of Kafka’s and the very first person in the world to translate his work. Boon was friendly with Gaston Burssens immediately after the war and recognized the special power of his grotesque Fabula rasa (1945) as an “objective diary.” Later Boon also became acquainted with Gust Gils, who wrote ultra-short grotesques, published in various anthologies of “paraprose.” And of course Boon read Gogol, something he did as passionately as Richard Minne, his friend and writer at the editorial office of Vooruit. --Discovering Louis Paul Boon, Annie van den Oever, [1]

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Louis Paul Boon (15 March 1912 - 10 May 1979) was a Flemish journalist and novelist who is considered one of the major 20th century writers in the Dutch language. He forsook the literary Dutch of the Netherlands for regional Flemish words and expressions with which he colored his writing. He was also productive collector of female nudes which he called his "Fenomenale Feminatheek".

Born Lodewijk Paul Aalbrecht Boon in Aalst, Belgium to a working-class family, Boon left school at age 16 to work for his father as a carriage painter. During evenings and weekends he studied art at the Aalsterse Academie voor Schone Kunsten but soon had to abandon this because of lack of funds.

Boon discovered he had a talent for writing and found work as a journalist, first for De Rode Vaan (1945-1946), Front (1946-1947) and De Vlaamse Gids (1948). Later he contributed to the newspaper Vooruit after which he established himself as a freelancer. In subsequent years, Boon divided his energies between a constant stream of novels and journalistic pieces for Het Parool, De Zweep, Zondagspost. and other newspapers and magazines.

In 1969, he stopped writing -- except for his "Boontjes" columns -- and devoted himself to painting in his home in Erembodegem, where he died in 1979 at age 67.

Boon's literary legacy is a varied one, ranging from journalistic pieces on Belgian politics and society to erotic novelas. In historical novels such as De Bende van Jan de Lichte, De zoon van Jan de Lichte, De Zwarte Hand, and Daens, he depicted the oppression of the working class in 19th century Flanders; in his controversial Geuzenboek (Eng: Book of Gueux), he wrote of the Spanish domination and the subsequent revolt of the Low Countries in the 16th century. Nearly all of Boon's work was infused by his profound commitment to socialism; in experimental, modernistic works such as Vergeten straat, Boon projected an ideal society but at the same time shared his doubts as to whether human nature could achieve utopia.

Boon was thought to have been shortlisted for a Nobel Prize in Literature in the late 1970s. Very little of his writing has been translated into English, but "De Kapellekensbaan" and "Zomer in "Ter-Muren" are both available in English translation from Dalkey Archive Press as "Chapel Road" and "Summer in Termuren."

Selected bibliography

  • De voorstad groeit (1941)
  • Abel Gholaerts (1944)
  • Vergeten straat (1946)
  • Mijn kleine oorlog (1946)
  • De Kapellekensbaan (1953)
  • Zomer te Ter-Muren (1956)
  • De zoon van Jan de Lichte (1962)
  • Dorp in Vlaanderen (1966)
  • Geniaal, maar met korte beentjes (1967)
  • Wat een leven (1967)
  • Over mijn boeken (1969)

Extended bibliography

  • Het brood onzer tranen (1939)
  • De voorstad groeit (1943)
  • Abel Gholaerts (1944)
  • Vergeten straat (1946)
  • Mijn kleine oorlog (1947)
  • Boontje's uitleenbibliotheek (1949)
  • Boontje's twee spoken (1952)
  • De Kapellekensbaan (1953) Chapel Road--published by Twayne 1972 and Dalkey Archive 2003
  • Boontje's reservaat 1 (1954)
  • Boontje's reservaat 2
  • Wapenbroeders (1955)
  • Menuet (1955) Minuet--published by Persea Books 1979
  • Boontje's reservaat 3 (1955)
  • Boontje's reservaat 4 (1956)
  • Zomer te Ter-Muren (1956)
  • De kleine Eva uit de Kromme Bijlstraat (1956)
  • Niets gaat ten onder (1956)
  • Grimmige sprookjes voor verdorven kinderen (1957)
  • De bende van Jan de Lichte (1957)
  • Boontje's reservaat 5 (1957)
  • De paradijsvogel (1958)
  • Vaarwel krokodil of de prijslijst van het geluk (1959)
  • De liefde van Annie Mols (1960)
  • Gustaaf Vermeersch (1960)
  • Reportages (1961)
  • De zoon van Jan de Lichte (1961)
  • Blauwbaardje in Wonderland en andere grimmige sprookjes voor verdorven kinderen (1962)
  • Dag aan dag (1963)
  • Het nieuwe onkruid (1964)
  • Reservaat (Verzamelde reservaten, 1965)
  • Dorp in Vlaanderen (1966)
  • Wat een leven! (1967)
  • 16 (1968)
  • Geniaal... maar met te korte beentjes (1969)
  • Twee spoken (Maagpijn - Uitleenbibliotheek) (1969)
  • 3 Mensen tussen muren (1969)
  • De bom (1969)
  • 90 Mensen (1970)
  • Boon-apartjes verzameld door Gerd de Ley (1971)
  • Pieter Daens (1971)
  • Als het onkruid bloeit (1972)
  • Eten op zijn Vlaams (1972)
  • Mieke Maaike's obscene jeugd (1972)
  • De meisjes van Jesses (1973)
  • Zomerdagdroom (1973)
  • Blauwbaardje in de ruimte (1973) with photographs from his son Jo
  • Davids jonge dagen (1974)
  • Verse boontjes (1974)
  • Menuet en andere verhalen (1974) Omvattend : Twee spoken / Menuet / De kleine Eva uit de Kromme Bijlstraat / Vaarwel krokodil of de prijslijst van het geluk
  • Memoires van de heer Daegeman (1975)
  • Verscheurd jeugdportret (1975)
  • De zwarte hand (1976)
  • Het jaar 1901 (1977)
  • Het geuzenboek (1979)
  • Verzamelde gedichten (1980)
  • Eros en de eenzame man (1980)
  • Ook de afbreker bouwt op (1982)
  • Proleet en fantast (1982)
  • Een operatie
  • Het zoutvat van Boontje Boon samengesteld door F.-J. Verdoodt (1985)
  • Hij was een zwarte en andere reportages (1986)
  • Memoires van Boontje (1988)
  • Boontjes 1959-1960 (1988)
  • Zondagsleven van Pomponneke (1988)
  • Vertraagde film (1988)
  • Brieven aan Morris (1989)
  • Vertellingen van Jo (1989)
  • Als een onweder bij zomerdag(1989)
  • Brieven aan literaire vrienden (1989)
  • Boontjes 1961 (1989)
  • Boons scenario's (1989)
  • Niets dan wat oorlog (1989)
  • L.P. Boon radio actief (1991)
  • Eens, op een mooie avond (1992)
  • Boontjes 1962 (1992)
  • Soldatenbrieven (1993)
  • Boontjes 1963 (1994)
  • Het literatuurkritische en kunstkritische werk. I. De Rode Vaan (1994)
  • Het literatuurkritische en kunstkritische werk. II. Front (1994)
  • Het literatuurkritische en kunstkritische werk III. De Vlaamse Gids (1995)
  • Boontjes moppenencyclopedie (1995)
  • Het literatuurkristische en kunstkritische werk. IV. Vooruit (1997)
  • Boontjes 1964 (1998)
  • Het boek Jezebel (1999)
  • Brussel, een oerwoud (1999)

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