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Jeroen Olyslaegers

Jeroen Olyslaegers (b. 1967) writes columns, plays and prose. He is known for his social engagement both in and out of literary circles and in 2014 he was awarded the Arkprijs van het Vrije Woord (Ark Prize for Free Speech) for this. His novels are lauded for their stylistic control, expressive style and narrative strength, in which the evocative power and ambiguity of words, expressions and gestures receive particular attention. His work also stands out for its punchy dialogue in a cinematic, explosive style. He views Louis Paul Boon as his spiritual father.

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