Carnival, Fly-on-the-wall portraits of Brussels cafés [new]
This city guide is a love letter by Irish writer Rua Breathnach to the cafés of Brussels: privileged spaces in the city where one finds a sense of belonging and the pleasure of watching life pass like a carnival before one’s eyes. With blunt honesty and black humour, this fly-on-the-wall portrait captures the special atmosphere and culture of these homes away from home.
“It is always fascinating to hear how other residents of Brussels, washed up from the four corners of the world, view, listen to and touch my native city… Brussels remains its own unpredictable, anarchic, polyphonic self. This book draws a portrait of that constantly escaping city” - Geert van Istendael
“For the late great Flemish-Brussels poet and café lover Jan Van Nijlen (1884-1965), a café was a home, a homeland. Carnival is an exploration of this universe in carefully framed snapshots.” - Pascal Verbeken