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Jean-Marie Henri Berckmans (Leopoldsburg 28 October 1953Antwerp 31 August 2008) was a Flemish writer.

Born in Leopoldsburg, Berckmans was a punk poet and fou littéraire who debuted with Walter Soethoudt in 1977. He left Belgium to become a businessman in Italy before falling ill with bipolar disorder. He then returned to Belgium where he resumed his literary career. His work has been compared with William Burroughs, Céline and Robert Crumb. He often wrote about the night and night people and co-published with Vitalski.

In the 1990s he was part of theater group Circus Bulderdrang. His latest book, Je kunt geen twintig zijn op suikerheuvel 2006 (its title a reference to Neil Young's "Sugar Mountain" song) was published by Manteau. It made the 2007 longlist of the De Gouden Uil Literatuurprijs.

Bibliography

  • Geschiedenis van de revolutie (1977)
  • Tranen voor Coltrane (1977)
  • Vergeet niet wat de zevenslaper zei (1989)
  • Café De Raaf nog steeds gesloten (1990)
  • Rock & roll met Frieda Vindevogel (1991)
  • Het zomert in barakstad (1993)
  • Brief aan een meisje in Hoboken (1994)
  • Taxi naar de Boerhaavestraat (1995)
  • Bericht uit Klein Konstantinopel (1996)
  • Ontbijt in het vilbeluik (1997)
  • Slecht nieuws voor Doctor Paf de Pierennaaier, Pandemonium in de Grauwzone (1997)
  • Berckmans' Biotoop (1999-2000)
  • Na het baden bij Baxter en de ontluizing bij Miss Grace (2000)
  • Het onderzoek begint (2002)
  • As op Jazzwoensdag (2003)
  • Je kunt geen twintig zijn op suikerheuvel (2006) (getiteld naar een tekstregel uit Sugar Mountain van Neil Young: "You can't be twenty on sugar mountain")





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