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De genese van Kaas van Willem Elsschot

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  • Marcel De Smedt

Abstract

In 1933 the novel Kaas (Cheese) was published, one of the masterpieces of
the Flemish author Willem Elsschot (1882-1960). The story is about Frans
Laarmans, an office-clerk who, thanks to an influential friend, becomes an
agent for a big cheese-firm. But he fails as a business-man and eventually
returns to his farmer employment.
It is interesting to examine the writing-process underlying the novel, in
which the different motives are elaborated from version to version. Especially
the preserved manuscript presents a lot of functional additions written in the
margins and on the left-pages. Analysing them may be conducive to a fuller
appreciation of the novel.

How to Cite:

De Smedt, M., (2005) “De genese van Kaas van Willem Elsschot”, Handelingen - Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse maatschappij voor taal- en letterkunde en geschiedenis 59, p.23-38. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/kzm.v59i0.17383

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Published on
05 Jan 2005
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