Belgium in Bondage

Belgium in Bondage

Belgium in Bondage

Belgium in Bondage

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There is to be said about those who write not for all time, but for an age: if they write well enough they have a good chance to outlast many of the would-be all- timers. I do not know, and nobody knows, what books of today will be widely read or highly regarded a century hence, but I do know that some of the best current writing goes into journalism, and that future historians will have an exciting time rummaging amongst it.

The work of Jan-Albert Goris seems to me to be of this class, so that it is well worth having between covers. Those whose job it has been since war began to sift through the voluminous official information and propaganda sheets put out by the Allied countries cannot fail to have noted, sooner or later, the regular editorials in News from Belgium--always forthrightly, sometimes brilliantly written, with a sharp cutting edge, a humane temper, and an always definite point of view. Naturally that point of view is that of Belgium in particular and of the enslaved countries in general, but more personally, it is the point of view of a cultured European and of a scholar. Incidentally, M. Goris did not begin to write in English until 1941, and to my somewhat amazed comment replied: "I think that the qualities you are kind enough to . . .

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