Brothers by Bart Moeyaert, translation: Wanda Boeke
(Front Street, 2005, 163 pages)
Moeyaert recounts in forty-two stories his adventures and misadventures as the youngest of seven brothers growing up in Belgium in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In one story, he tells how it felt to watch a boat, one that he had been prevented by his brothers from boarding, sink under the weight of them. In another, he recounts the first time he gets big news to share and how confused he was when his brothers weren't exactly impressed with his excited announcement that their beloved grandmother had died. In these stories, originally published serially in a Belgian magazine on literature and culture, Moeyaert shares memories of his life with the tenderness and clarity for which his fiction is famous.