Herman Frans Martha Brusselmans (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɛrmɑn ˈbrʏsəlmɑns]; born 9 October 1957) is a Flemish novelist, poet, playwright and columnist. He lives in Ghent.Herman Brusselmans studied Germanic philology at the University of Ghent. In his early twenties he was a football player. He played as a left winger for Vigor Hamme and Sporting Lokeren. He now has his own football team called "De Woody's", after his late dog Woody. Brusselmans married Gloria Van Iddergem in 1981 but divorced from her ten years later. He married his second wife Tania De Metsenaere in 2005. Their relationship ended in 2011.Brusselmans gained widespread popularity in the early 1980s as part of the new generation of young Flemish novelists that included Tom Lanoye and Kristien Hemmerechts.Although Herman Brusselmans once stated in the Flemish magazine HUMO that he would stop writing about existing people and situations, his work kept on being highly autobiographical. Alcohol, sex and boredom are recurring themes throughout his work.Not only his work contributed to his stardom, but also his media appearances. He used to have his own television show, and still appears regularly on talkshows. He also has a weekly column in HUMO. Bold, straightforward statements and comments have become his trademark throughout the years and don't fail to attract attention, what cost him several lawsuits, the most memorable of which was when Ann Demeulemeester, a Belgian fashion designer, filed a complaint with the courts about a remark about her in Uitgeverij Guggenheimer. This led to a temporary recall of the book in Belgium.Critics refer to the recurrences of sex, drugs and boredom in his work by calling it monotonous. Also the autobiographical side and the bold statements are widely regarded as a lack of quality. Nonetheless he is immensely popular and one of the best-selling authors in Flanders.He played an autistic Hells Angel painting surrealist slogans on caravans in the movie Camping Cosmos (1996).In early 2007 a film adaptation of Brusselman's novel Ex Drummer was released, directed by Koen Mortier.