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Praise for Hugo Claus's PEN Translation Prize-winning Wonder:
"Fine and ambitious. . . . A work of savage satire intensely engaged with the moral and cultural life of the author's Belgium. . . . Packed with asides, allusions, and fierce juxtapositions, a style created to evoke a world sliding into chaos where contrast and contradictions are so grotesque that we can only 'wonder'. . . . [Wonder is] a reminder of the energy and experimental verve with which so many writers of the Fifties and Sixties (Malaparte, Bernhard, Grass, Böll, Burgess, Pynchon) conjured up [a] disjointed and rapidly complicating world." --The New York Review of Books
"To speak today of a still largely-unknown major work on European Fascism . . . seems presumptuous, rather like announcing the existence of, if not a new continent, at least a land mass of strange and significant proportions. But in discussing Wonder, it would be churlish not to admit to an explorer's exhilaration at discovery." --The National
"While fully aware that such an honorable title can only be used in great exceptions in Flemish literature, I would call Wonder a masterpiece." --Paul de Wispelaere, Vlaamse Gids (Belgium)
"Claus's work has been called a cosmos in its own right ... Yet this Promethean artist [with] his Burgundian exuberance and prolixity ... is, like W. B. Yeats, capable of stunning simplicity." --The Independent
"Marked by an uncommon mix of intelligence and passion, in a medium over which Claus has such light-fingered control that art becomes invisible. These poems' verbal concentration, intensity of feeling, and intellectual range bring their author into the first rank of European poets of the late 20th century." --J. M. Coetzee
"The greatest writer of my generation. " --Remco Campert, winner of the P. C. Hooft Prize for Poetry