Ward Ruyslinck (1929-2014) is the pseudonym of Antwerp-born novelist Raymond de Belser. Ruyslinck began his career as a poet, but later made a bigger name for himself as an author of prose. The sombre atmosphere of the post-war period imbues his work with a constant cultural pessimism. Another recurring theme is the defence of the vulnerable, beleaguered individual. The author himself described his work as expressing “the cry of a deliberately marginal individual who expects no help from a collective resistance.” Ruyslinck was much-lauded for his concise prose, accessible social criticism and vague idealism.