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Three Novels: Soft Soap , The Leg , Will O' the Wisp

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The protagonist in the three novels in this volume is Laarmans, Willem Elsschot’s most brilliant creation, a Chaplinesque ‘little man’ who tries to escape from the limitations of his way of life but is always forced by circumstances to retreat to a more modest position. The ‘World Review of Finance, Trade and Commerce, Industry, Art and Science’ does and does not exist. Wh ...more
Hardcover, Bibliotheca neerlandica nº 12, 253 pages
Published 1965 by Sythoff/London House & Maxwell/Heinemann (first published 1946)
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Willem Elsschot (1882-1960)

So there I was walking along with three strangers who were different in every way from the people I was doomed to live out my days with - three strangers who had another colour of skin, who walked differently and laughed and greeted differently, and maybe loved differently and hated differently, strangers who had never heard of the pillars of our state and cared naught for our princes and prelates, so they would most likely be men after my own heart.

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One of the greatest satiric novelists in any language, and incomparable on the subject of business.
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Calling this "three novels" seems a bit misleading, because of the trio only Soft Soap is long enough to be described that way. But the other two are still very good long stories. Laarmans, the protagonist of all them, is at times Bartleby-esque and at times a bit of Monsieur Hulot as he moves across the years of the three stories from his entry into business to his resigned later life. It's unfortunate this book is out of print, and that only Elsschot's superb novel Cheese and his earlier Villa ...more
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Willem Elsschot is het pseudoniem van Alfonsus Josephus de Ridder, een Vlaamse dichter en schrijver.

Willem Elsschot in de Nederlandstalige Wikipedia

Willem Elsschot in de Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren

Willem Elsschot bij "Schrijversgewijs"

Willem Elsschot is the pseudonym of Alfonsus Josephus de Ridder, a Flemish poet and writer.

Willem Elsschot in the English Wikipedia