The Fierce Talent of an Unpolished Chronicler. Dimitri Verhulst’s Prose
(Elsbeth Etty) The Low Countries – 2017, № 25, pp. 236-241
When Flemish author Dimitri Verhulst (Aalst, 1972) took the literary world by surprise with his tragicomic autobiographical novel The Misfortunates (De helaasheid der dingen) in 2006 he was still a complete unkown. Of the nine books he had published since 1992, the only one that had received any attention was Problemski Hotel (2003), a fictionalized reportage from a centre for asylum seekers, where he stayed for a while disguised as a refugee. Dimitri Verhulst has already been referred to as a Flemish Jacques Brel. A fierce talent and an unpolished chronicler of a lot of what is squalid in the world and especially in Belgium.
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