Jeroen Brouwers


May 17, 2022

Jeroen Godfried Marie Brouwers ( born April 30, 1940 in Batavia, today Jakarta, † May 11, 2022 in Maastricht) was a Dutch journalist, writer and essayist. Brouwers lived in Zutendaal, Belgium.

Life and work

Born in 1940 in the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia, he was interned with his mother and grandparents after the Japanese invasion of Java in 1943. The grandparents did not survive the internment. In 1947 his mother returned with him to the Netherlands. From 1950 Brouwers spent several years in Catholic boarding schools. In 1955 he finished school in Delft, did his military service from 1958 to 1961 and then began a journalistic career. From 1961 Brouwers emerged as a writer. His oeuvre includes more than 70 publications over six decades, with which he gained recognition as one of the important Dutch authors of his time. In Germany, among others, Versunkenes Rot (1984; translation: Grete Weil), Secret Rooms (2002) and Das Holz (2016) were published. Brouwers was inducted into the "Orde van de Vlaamse Leeuw" (Order of the Flemish Lion) in 1992 and received the Belgian Order of the Crown in 1993. In 2007 he was awarded the Dutch literary prize "Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren", which he declined due to the low endowment (16,000 €): "It's as if I'm hearing: Here, buy yourself a beer, dude. In 2001, however, he accepted the Gouden Uil literary prize, which is endowed with 25,000 euros. In 2015 he received the ECI Literature Prize for the novel Het Hout (The Wood), followed by the Libris Literatuur Prijs 2021 for the novel Cliënt E. Busken. He died on May 11, 2022 at the age of 82 in a Maastricht hospital.


2021: Libris Literatuur Prijs for Client E. Busken 2015: ECI Literature Prize for Het Hout 2007: Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren (rejected) 2007: Tzumpreis for the best sentence in In het midden van de Reis door mijn leven 2001: Golden Book Owl (Gouden Uil) 2001: Multatuli Prize for Secret Cameras 1993: Order of the Crown 1992: Order of the Flemish Lion (Orde van de Vlaamse Leeuw) 1967: Vijverbergprijs for Joris Ockeloen en het guards

Web Links

Literature by and about Jeroen Brouwers in the German National Library catalogue Literature by and about Jeroen Brouwers in the bibliographic database WorldCat Jeroen Brouwers at the Internet Movie Database (Dutch)

Individual proofs