Jeroen Brouwers passed away at the age of 82. He was one of the most influential and prolific writers in the Dutch language area. Jeroen leaves behind a massive body of work that includes “Secret Chambers” and “Bezonken red.”
He was a writer, polemicist, and essayist who died on May 11, 2022, after a brief illness, leaving behind his vast, varied, and multicolored opus.
Jeroen Brouwers was born on April 30, 1940, in Batavia, the former Dutch East Indies capital, then Reichskommissariat Niederlande, Germany, now Jakarta, Indonesia. His father, Jacques Theodorus Maria Brouwers, was an accountant at an architectural firm, and his mother, Henriette Elisabeth Maria van Maaren, was mother. He had a sister to grow old with as well.
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Jeroen Brouwers began his professional life as a journalist. His first collection of stories, The Knife on the Throat, was published in 1964, and he won the Vijverberg-prize for his first novel, Joris Ockeloen, and the Waiting, in 1967. Following that, his work was crowned multiple times. In 1993, he was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his whole body of work, but in 2007, he declined the Dutch Letteren Prize. He was the greatest Dutch writer, and his best novels and works were written in the Zutendaal woodlands.
In his life, he has been married twice. His first wife was Nel Berns, and his second wife was Josefine Meijer. He has three children: Daan Leonard and Pepijn, two sons, and Anne, a daughter.
In April 2021, Brouwers announced that he would stop writing books and consider himself retired. Brouwers’ publisher announced his death after a brief illness.