Anything I set my hand to falls to bits (An Extract from J.M.H. Berckmans' 'The Investigation Begins')
The Low Countries - 2007, № 15, pp. 78-80
Fits of depression, manic spells, a failed marriage, 12 different jobs and 13 disasters, one attempt at suicide. The utter hopelessness of an existence on the fringes of society, with a few shreds of comfort from beer, tobacco, and a bit of warm food. Despair, paranoia, sadism, hope and relentless brutality. All this is to be found in the books, and the life, of J.M.H. Berckmans, the Flemish writer who declares: ‘The only way I have of staying alive is writing'.
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