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Name: Jef Geeraerts  
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Date of Birth: 23rd February 1930
Place of Birth: Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium
Profession: Writer
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Jef Geeraerts (born February 23, 1930) is a Flemish writer. He was a colonial ruler in Belgian Congo. When the independance of Congo came along he sent his wife and children back to Belgium and in August 1960 he also went back to Belgium. The next six years he got payed by the government. After these six years he needed to find a job to survive. To get out of the house and away of his ordinary family, he went to the University of Brussels to study the Germanic languages.

When he finished his study he wrote his first novel: Ik ben maar een neger ("I'm just a negro") which put him on the map as extremely controversial. He wrote more of these politically motivated colonial books before he strated his Gangreen serie. There are 4 parts, Gangreen 1 (Black Venus), Gangreen 2 (De Goede Moordenaar), Gangreen 3 (Het Teken van de Hond) and Gangreen 4 (Het Zevende Zegel). His books were pulled out of the shelves after pressure of the Belgian army because of their shocking truth about the army's way of handeling business in Congo. Nowadays he is a celebrated crime-novellist and several of his books have been filmed.

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