With a literary output of two books a year, Herman Brusselmans (b. 1957) has more than sixty books to his name. The majority describe the existence of one of his alter-egos, mostly a man without ambition who likes pubs, talking through the back of his neck, and girls. His work is typified by its substantial autobiographical content, with booze, sex, cigarettes and boredom as recurring themes. Together with Tom Lanoye and Kristien Hemmerechts, he represented a new generation of Flemish authors in the 1980s.