Jeroen Brouwers


May 23, 2022

Jeroen Brouwers, born April 30, 1940 in Batavia in the Dutch East Indies and died May 11, 2022 in Maastricht (Limburg), was a Dutch journalist, writer and essayist.


Jeroen Brouwers is the fourth child of Jacques Theodorus Maria Brouwers (1903-1964), accountant in an architectural firm, and Henriëtte Elisabeth Maria van Maaren (1908-1981). Settled in the Dutch East Indies, they had a second son. After the Japanese invasion in 1943 and the surrender of the Royal Netherlands Indies Army (KNIL), his father was transported to a concentration camp in the Tokyo area. Jeroen, his grandmother, his mother and his sister, were first interned in the Japanese camp of Kramat, then in the camp of Tjideng, in a suburban district of Batavia. His grandparents did not survive their detention in the camps. When the war ended, the family reunited and moved to Balikpapan on the island of Borneo (now Kalimantan). In 1947, Henriëtte Brouwers and her children took the boat back to the Netherlands and were joined there in 1948 by Jeroen's father. Until 1950, Jeroen lived with his parents. At ten years old, he was placed in various Catholic boarding schools because he would have been an unruly child: he would have found it difficult to comply with the constraints of Dutch society after the freedom he had known in Indonesia. His parents moved to Delft, where in 1955 he obtained his secondary education diploma (MULO). From 1958 to 1961, Jeroen Brouwers did his military service, then was quartermaster of the Marine Intelligence Service (MARID). After his conscription, he worked in 1961 in Nijmegen as a trainee journalist with the De Gelderlander press group. He was also on the editorial staff of the military newspaper Salvo. In 1962 he was hired by the Geïllustreerde Pers in Amsterdam. He was part of the editorial staff of the newspaper Romance (which later became Avenue). From 1964 to 1976, Brouwers worked in Brussels as sub-editor and later as editor-in-chief at the Éditions Manteau. From 1968 to 1971, he lived with his family in Vossem (Tervuren) and, later, at the Huize Krekelbos in Rijmenam (municipality of Bonheiden, near Mechelen). It was at this time that his two sons were born: Daan Leonard (1965-2006) and Pepijn (1968). After several disagreements with Julien Weverbergh, the director of Éditions Manteau, Brouwers resigned. From that moment on, he devoted himself completely to his career as a writer. After living for some time in Warnsveld near Zutphen, he moved to Huize Louwhoek in Exel near Lochem, where his daughter Anne was born in 1980. In 1991, Jeroen Brouwers moved to settle on a barge in Uitgeest, then set off again August 1993 in Belgium, in Zutendaal, in Belgian Limburg. In 1992, Jeroen Brouwers was awarded the Order of the Flemish Lion, then knighted in the Order of the Crown in 1993.

Literary Awards

In addition to numerous Belgian and Dutch literary prizes, Jeroen Brouwers won the foreign Femina prize in 1995 for his novel Rouge décané (Bezonken rood). In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious prize for Dutch letters, but he refused it.


Notes and References

(nl) This article is partly or entirely taken from the Dutch Wikipedia article “Jeroen Brouwers” ​​(see list of authors).

External links

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