With an output of two books a year, Herman Brusselmans (b. 1957) has amassed an extensive literary oeuvre. The majority describe the existence of one of his alter egos, 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, absurdism and humour, 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.