First published in 1956, October Long Sunday tells the story of Laurent Carteras, a sensitive and cultured young man, who gradually discovers that friends and colleagues longer recognize him. The vel explores Laurent's tormented consciousness as he moves towards an extraordinary destiny. In this poetic and intriguing narrative of mental and physical metamorphosis, the Belgian author Guy Vaes displays a mastery of both realistic and fantastic forms that reflect many of the exciting invations of modern European fiction.
The Author: Born in 1927, Guy Vaes lives in Antwerp. He has published novels, poetry, and essays in French over a period of forty years. The Translator: Philip Mosley is an associate professor of English, Communications, and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. He has translated other Belgian poets and novelists and is editor of Georges Rodenbach: Critical Essays.