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Leo Pleysier
Ascension day

Although Pleysier has written stories set in China, India, Africa and most recently Equador, most of his work takes place in the countryside where he has lived his whole life. Memories of how the landscape once was and how it has changed also play an important role. Landscape and memory are elements of his contribution for Radiobooks. The narrator contemplates the past and present while airborne in a hot-air balloon. 

“Now we are flying a bit lower and I have already recognized a couple of the church steeples which rise up out of the landscape here and there. A little bit as it used to be in this far-flung corner of Belgium, when churches and spires were the orientation points, both for the lonely shepherd heading home in the evening with his flock and for the stranger passing through en route to Breda or Den Bosch. Because remember that at that time you were constantly in danger of getting lost in the wilderness of this lonely heather-covered area.”

‘Ascension Day’ by Leo Pleysier was translated by Michael O’Loughlin. The story is read by David Swatling.

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Biografie

Leo Pleysier

Leo Pleysier (1945) debuteerde in 1971 met de verhalenbundel Mirliton, waarvoor hij de Stijn Streuvelsprijs ontving. In 1989 publiceerde Pleysier Wit is altijd schoon, de roman waarmee hij definitief doorbrak bij het grote publiek, en die werd bekroond met de Bordewijkprijs en de Dirk Martensprijs. Het was het eerste deel van een romancyclus die verder bestaat uit De kast, De Gele Rivier is bevrozen (Staatsprijs voor Proza 1996), Zwart van het volk en Volgend jaar in Berchem. In 2003 verscheen de roman De dieven zijn al gaan slapen, waarmee Pleysier zijn romancyclus afsloot, in 2004 gevolgd door de novelle De trousse. Meest recent verscheen de roman De latino's (2007).

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