Review of “Intimate Brussels, living among Eurocrats”, from Martin Leidenfrost (2010)
I bought the book at the press shop next to the Justus Lipsius building, defying the grey and humid weather which was making the bumpy Bruxellois pavement more slippery than in your worst nightmare. When a friend saw the book, he exclaimed, “it seems like 50 shades of Brussels”. I laughed. To be honest, I did not really know much about the book I had just bought.
Behind the mysterious and evocative cover…
I have to warn you: the parallel with the world-wide erotic best seller stops here. You will not read sulfurous, glamorous or exciting stories that enter by the back door of the European Capital. However, the author, Martin Leidenfrost will take you for a stroll through Brussels, from the European district to the most unexpected nooks and crannies of the city. Take a deep breath, imagine the Berlaymont building during a foggy moonless night. You see? Nothing. That’s it. Welcome to Brussels behind the scenes.