Jef

Geeraerts

° 23 february 1930

Antwerp

 

Main works:

  • Gangreen
  • The Alzheimer Case
  • Dossier K

 

Life

Jef Geeraerts is a Flemish writer. He was born in Antwerp on 23th February 1930. In high school he studied Greek and Latin. When he came back from his military service in Africa, he went to the University of Brussels to study Germanic languages. He returned to Congo for seven years as a civil servant. He married his first wife, with whom he had three children. He got divorced in 1963 and in 1978 he got married to Eleonore Vigenon, who died five years ago of cancer.

Literary career

He lived in Congo for a few years for his job. He began writing about his experiences in Congo. While being at the University, he began writing his Gangreen series. He translated works from English in Dutch and from French in Dutch. He also writes travelogues about nature, foreign cultures,… Later he wrote a lot of novels, especially crime novels.

Prizes

·         In 1964 he received the prize of the province Antwerp for the best literary debut for “Ik ben maar een neger”.

·         In 1967 he received the Arkprize for Free Speech for "De Troglodieten".

·         In 1969 he received the Triennial State Prize for Prose narrative for "Black Venus".

·         Laatste brief rondom liefde en dood

·         Marcellus

·         Het huis genaamd "Les Hêtres"

Bibliography

Theatre:

·         De zeven doeken der schepping

·         Ode aan Ignatius

·         Avondspelen    

·         Concerto

Essay:

·         Ik ben maar een neger

·         Schroot

·         Zonder clan

·         Het verhaal van Matsombo

·         De fotograaf

·         Dood in Bourgondië

·         De coltmoorden

·         Jagen

·         Diamant

·         Over gedichten vol liefde en verrukking

·         Drugs

·         De trap

·         De zaak Alzheimer

·         Het Sigmaplan

·         Romeinse suite

·         Zand

·         Schieten

·         Sanpaku

·         Double-face

·         Z 17

·         Het Rashomon-complex

·         Op avontuur met jef Geeraerts

·         De Cu Chi case

·         De nachtvogels

·         Goud

·         Brieven

·         De PG

·         De ambassadeur

·         Dossier K

·         Geld

·         Cro-Magnon