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J.M.H. Berckmans

J.M.H. Berckmans (1953–2008) was an uncompromising chronicler of the margins of society, penning stories and books full of fear, paranoia, alcohol and decay, in a linguistic idiom strongly influenced by Bukowski and Céline. The ‘ambassador of despair’, as he was known, had a reputation as a cult author who captured Antwerp’s seamier side, with titles such as ‘Rock & Roll with Frieda Vindevogel’ (Rock & roll met Frieda Vindevogel) and Café De Raaf Is Still Closed.