Dimitri Verhulst (°1972) wrote his first collection of short stories The Room Next Door (De Kamer Hiernaast) in 1999, a work that was immediately nominated for the NCR Prize. Two years later, he published the poetry collection Love, Unless Stated Otherwise (Liefde, Tenzij Anders Vermeld) and the novel Nothing, Nobody and Reasonably Quiet (Niets, Niemand en Redelijk Stil). Verhulst also proved himself as a playwright with The Arrival in the Pale Morning on that Pale Square – in Short Aalst (De Aankomst in de Bleke Morgen op dat Bleke Plein – Kortweg Aalst) in 2005. His multifaceted talent became even more obvious when he published two controversial and very different books in 2006: Mrs Verona Descends from the Hill (Mevrouw Verona Daalt de Heuvel Af), a tender fable about love, and The Misfortunates (De Helaasheid der Dingen), a sensitive ode to and hilarious reckoning with the village of his youth. Both novels were received very enthusiastically in Flanders and the Netherlands, and reached the top chart of the AKO Literature Prize. Felix Van Groeningen made a film of The Misfortunates in 2009, which was the Belgian entry for the Oscars in 2010. With Goddamned Days on a Goddamned Globe (Godverdomse Dagen op een Godverdomse Bol) in 2008, Verhulst once again took a different turn, for which he was rewarded with the Libris Literature Prize. The jury described the book as ‘a sardonic comedy in which man is the direct object, and at the same time an unprecedented style exercise.’ In May 2013,the novel The Latecomer (De Laatkomer) was published. In 2015, he was the author who wrote the Book Week gift and he published Bloedboekn in 2016, Kaddisj voor een kut . In 2016, Verhulst cooperates in the LOD production Bosch Beach, in the context of the Hieronymus Bosch year, together with Kris Verdonck and Vasco Mendonça.

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