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Marc Reugebrink
Brass and Us

In his Radiobooks story Brass and Us Reugebrink puts a modern spin on the ancient myth of Marsyas – the flute-playing satyr who challenged the Greek god Apollo. The Apollo Brass Band is the pride and joy of a small village. But perfect harmony is threatened when a boy named Marc Suys resolves to become a member of the band.

“It moved us, this harmony, this blending of timbres, this stirring wind… Out of the windows of the low reception hall behind the Star Café-Restaurant, notes ascended that seemed at the same time to settle over the village like a bell-jar. Women stood still, head slightly tilted, hand on throat or heaving bosom. Men looked up and took a deep breath. Children stopped their game and panted. And even after the last notes had died away, it was often as if the music played on, and transmitted its vibrations to everything that made our village what it was and ought to be.”

Brass and Us by Marc Reugebrink was translated by Michael Blass and read by David Swatling.

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Marc Reugebrink

Marc Reugebrink was born in 1960 in Goor, a small town in the east of the Netherlands. He studied Dutch and English at Groningen University. He made his literary debut in 1988 with the poetry collection ‘Komgrond’ (Backland) which won the Van der Hoogt Prize. His first novel ‘Wild vlees’ (Proud Flesh) was published in 1998, the same year he moved to Ghent where he still lives. Since 2001 he has been an editor of the Flemish literary magazine Yang and he published a collection of essays ‘De inwijkeling’ (Immigrant) in 2002 followed by another novel ‘Touchdown’ two years later. Reugebrink won the 2008 Golden Owl, Belgium’s most prestigious literary prize, for his latest novel 'Het grote uitstel’ (The Big Delay).

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