Jos Vandeloo (1925-2015) grew up in a mine worker’s family and was initially a coal expert. After additional studies in Dutch and French literature, he went to work at the then publisher Manteau, of which he also later became the director. His first literary publication, ‘The Cross that We Bear’, was published in 1953. Vandeloo primarily found fame with stories such as ‘The Wall’ and ‘The Danger’. In both works, he sketches a society that is continually becoming more of a victim of its growing technology, which results in alienation and human loneliness.