Ernest Claes (1885–1968) was one of the most popular and widely read writers of the 20th century. He wrote short stories, novels, thousands of letters and many diaries. Claes’ greatest sources of inspiration were his childhood and wartime experiences. But he owes his international reputation to a series of novels, humorous stories and novellas set in his native region, which are populated by picaresque figures and lovable rogues. Several of his works have been successfully adapted for the big and small screen.
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