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OK, to kick things off...
I visited the lovely, atmospheric city of Bruges recently - but I foolishly spent only one night there. I will be going back, someday, but I want to read some books set there before then.
I have tried getting hold of Bruges-la-Morte by Georges Rodenbach for some time now, and after several abortive attempts through Amazon and Abebooks it seems I finally will receive it soon.
I am also considering Dorothy Dunnett's series about Niccolo Rising, which seems to revolve around the city in its golden age.
Any other suggestions? It might be enough for a while, I guess...
Yes, perhaps Hollinghurst's book is worth checking out.
Rodenbach apparently wrote another book set in Bruges as well, The Bells of Bruges. I don't know much about it, though.
I have recently seen the film 'In Bruges' with Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleason and Ralph Fiennes. Two English hitmen go into hiding in Bruges after a botched job in London. The older one loves the storybook city, the younger one thinks it's a shithole.
The movie is entertaining, and a bit of a treat when you've visited the town, but it is also quite violent in parts.
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