Author

Dimitri Verhulst

Dimitri Verhulst (b. 1972) made his debut in 1999 with the collection De kamer hiernaast (The Room Next Door). This was followed by Niets, niemand en redelijk stil (Nothing, No one and Reasonably Quiet, 2001) and De verveling van de keeper (The Boredom of the Goalkeeper, 2002). His novels Problemski Hotel (Problemski Hotel, 2003) and De helaasheid der dingen (The Alasness of Things, 2006) were very successful and have been translated into many different languages. In 2008 De helaasheid der dingen was made into a film, which was well received at various festivals and in different countries. Verhulst then wrote Mevrouw Verona daalt de heuvel af (Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill, 2006), Godverdomse dagen op een godverdomse bol (Goddamned Days on a Goddamned Sphere, 2008) and De laatste liefde van mijn moeder (My Mother’s Last Love, 2010). Verhulst also has a collection of poetry to his name: Liefde, tenzij anders vermeld (Love, Unless Otherwise Stated, 2001).

Problemski Hotel

Problemski Hotel

(Contact, 2003, 112 pages)

Dimitri Verhulst spent several sobering days in a Belgian centre for asylum-seekers. This led to Problemski Hotel in which the problems of asylumseekers are examined from a new angle. The narrator of Problemski Hotel, the Ethiopian photographer Bipul Masli, sketches an intriguing picture of life in the centre, a closed community with its own codes and patterns of life.

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The Misfortunates

The Misfortunates

(Contact, 2006, 207 pages)

Dimitri Verhulst enjoys writing about his own background, and from a certain cynical remoteness. In Dinsdagland (Tuesday Land), published in 2004, he collected reports on typically Belgian places and popular features. In his novel De helaasheid der dingen (The Misfortunates), he flings the gates to his youth wide open.

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Mrs Verona Comes Down from the Hill

Mrs Verona Comes Down from the Hill

(Contact, 2006, 110 pages)

With Mevrouw Verona daalt de heuvel af, a subdued, sensitive novella, Dimitri Verhulst adds a new dimension to his work. Years ago, Mrs Verona and her husband, both of them musicians, moved to a hill outside the village of Oucwègne. Then Mr Verona took ill, built up a vast woodpile for his wife, and hung himself from a tree.

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Entry of Christ into Brussels

Entry of Christ into Brussels

(Contact, 2011, 192 pages)

One day, the news announces that Jesus Christ is to visit Belgium on its national holiday, the 21st of July. During the same period, the narrator’s mother dies and his relationship ends. Feeling low, and fluctuating between resentment, irony and cynicism, he reports on the events. The authorities squabble about the reception. From the asylum seekers’ centre, they get a girl of eleven who can speak Aramaic with Christ.

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Website

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