Jan Arends

Jan Arends

Jan Arends (1925-74) was raised in a Catholic care home and went on to lead a turbulent life, stumbling from one short-lived job to the next. All the while he wrote poems and stories that focused on his battles with officialdom and the medical establishment.

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He committed suicide in 1974, days before the publication of his final collection of poems Lunchpauze gedichten (Lunch-break Poems). He soon became a cult figure whose work has since been rediscovered by generation after generation. Keefman has achieved classic status and is now in its eleventh edition.

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