The writing career of Ivo Michiels (1923) stretches back half a century. He made his debut shortly after the Second World War with several traditional novels, and also wrote film scenarios. In 1963, however, he made a totally new start with Het boek alfa (The book ‘alpha’). Inspired by the French nouveau roman, this work in effect introduced the modernistic novel into Flemish literature. In 1979 he retired to a village in France to devote himself to an ambitious new endeavour, the ten-volume series Journal brut. The first book, De vrouwen van de aartsengel (The wives of the archangel), appeared in 1983. The recently published De mirakelen, Elisabeth, de mirakelen (The miracles, Elisabeth, the miracles) is the final work in the series.