#BrusselsBookCity — Writers in Brussels: test your knowledge!

Vanessa Herzet
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A little quiz that will guide you through Brussels in the steps of famous authors who either were born here or lived here …

Can you discover who these authors are?

  1. In the nineteenth century, these two famous English novelists came to Brussels to learn French in a school for young girls located in the current Rue Baron Horta.
  2. This Belgian surrealist poet was visited by Salvador Dali and Paul Eluard at Rue Franklin 78.
  3. Nobel prizewinner J.M.G. Le Clézio is a great admirer of this poet whose childhood home is located at Rue Defacqz 69 in Saint-Gilles.
  4. Wounded by his lover at Rue des Brasseurs 1, this tumultuous French poet entrusted the manuscript of his poem Une Saison en enfer to the Brussels printer Jacques Poot.
  5. Born in Brussels, the author of Mort d’un parfait bilingue is also a photographer with a passion for his home town.
  6. A mural representing the most famous hero of this great cartoonist born in Etterbeek can be seen in Rue de l’Etuve.
  7. Having fled his native England, this nineteenth-century poet stayed at Rue Ducale 51 and gave his name to a Brussels café.
  8. This prolific Belgian playwright of Flemish origin who wrote in French was born in Rue de l’Arbre Bénit in Ixelles, where his master Charles De Coster passed away.
  9. This French-born author who has acquired Belgian nationality and lives in Ixelles paid tribute to the ‘parrots of Place d’Arezzo’ in his eponymous novel, Les Perroquets de la place d’Arezzo.
  10. During his exile, this French author stayed at Grand-Place 27, from where he set off every day to visit his mistress Juliette Drouet in a room in the Galeries Royales.


  1. Charlotte (1816–1855) and Emily Brontë (1818–1848)
  2. Paul Nougé (1895–1967)
  3. Henri Michaux (1899–1984)
  4. Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891)
  5. Thomas Gunzig (b. 1970)
  6. Hergé (1907–1983)
  7. Lord Byron (1788–1824)
  8. Michel de Ghelderode (1898–1962)
  9. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (b. 1960)
  10. Victor Hugo (1802–1885)

With the support of the ‘Promotion de Bruxelles’ agency of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation .

Vanessa Herzet