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The Factory of Facts by Luc Sante
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Jul 30, 2011

really liked it

There are passages in this book that capture more vividly than anything else I know what it is like to sit on the border between two cultures, to have two languages in different parts of one's being. I'm interested in Belgium, so I was particularly fascinated with the book, but most of it should strike a chord with anyone who has lived in two cultures. The book also presents a very vivid portrait of the 20th-century working class in one of the most industrialized parts of Europe, and its treatment of the coming of age of a child from that background as he moves back and forth between Wallonia and New Jersey is terrific.
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