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What is past is just beginning, a Radio Book

The series Radio Books is an initiative of the Flemish-Dutch Huis de Buren in Brussels, in association with the Flemish radio broadcaster Klara and Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Mortier presented his contribution for Radio Books in Antwerp on World Book Day in April 2009. It’s a contemplative and very personal ode to books and those who read them.

“The disillusionment of the reader is always the disillusionment of the book, and in the delight of the reader the book flaps its wings with pleasure, as when you see someone again unexpectedly. The heart leaps up, the throat becomes dry, the roots of the hair send tremors over the skin… Books do not change the world, the world changes our books, turns us into different writers and readers.”

What Is Past Is Just Beginning by Erwin Mortier was translated by Michael O’Loughlin. The story was read by David Swatling. Listen on line, or download the book as mp3 for free.