Dimitri Verhulst made his debut in 1999 with 'De kamer hiernaast/The Room Next Door' (Contact), a volume of short stories. His use of language is direct and he possesses a strong sense of humor, albeit a highly cynical one. Survivalist humor.
"'Problemski Hotel' is an extremely fascinating book in which the daily life of asylum seekers is related in an inimitable way... A profound portrayal of a group of people with no future.' De Standarad der Letteren; 'We've seldom eaten something as bitter and peppered as Verhulst dishes up. This'll teach us.' de Volkskrant" 'The daily lives of asylum seekers in a Belgian centre as they seek to hold on to some sort of normality, respect and life. By turns humorous, sad, disturbing and painful, it is related in a satirical, politically incorrect manner as fiction... I wonder. An important book, I believe.' The Bookseller