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Dimitri Verhulst is a Belgian
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writer and poet. He currently lives and works in Huccorgne.
Dimitri Verhulst comes from a broken home and spent his childhood in foster homes and institutes. As a writer, he made his debut in 1999 with a collection of stories, De kamer hiernaast (E: The Room Next Door) about his youth. The novels Niets, niemand en redelijk stil (E: Nothing, Nobody, and Reasonably Quiet) published in 2000 and De verveling van de keeper (E: The Boredom of the Goalkeeper) of 2002 also cover the same topic. In 2001, Dimitri Verhulst published Liefde, tenzij anders vermeld (E: Love, Unless Otherwise Stated), a collection of poetry.
His breakthrough to the general public came in 2003, with Problemski Hotel in which he wrote about residents of an asylum-seekers’ centre in Arendonk
Arendonk is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises only the town of Arendonk proper. On January 1, 2006 Arendonk had a total population of 12,215. The total area is 55.38 km² which gives a population density of 221 inhabitants per...
(Belgium). In 2006 he published the novel De helaasheid der dingen (E: The Misfortunates
The Misfortunates is a 2009 Belgian comedy-drama film from director Felix Van Groeningen, adapted from the book De helaasheid der dingen by Belgian writer Dimitri Verhulst...
) and the novella Mevrouw Verona daalt de heuvel af (E: Mrs Verona Comes Down from the Hill). In 2008 a new book: Godverdomse dagen op een godverdomse bol (E: Goddamm days on a goddamm globe) was published.
- 2007 Publieksprijs Gouden Uil for De helaasheid der dingen
- 2009 Libris Literatuurprijs for Godverdomse dagen op een godverdomse bol