Flemish author Lampo dies, aged 85

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12 July 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian author Hubert Lampo died on Wednesday at the age of 85.

12 July 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgian author Hubert Lampo died on Wednesday at the age of 85.

Although he had suffered for sometime from illness, his death still came as unexpected, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.

Born on 1 September 1920, Lampo is primarily remembered as one of the symbols of the magical-realism in post-World War II Flemish literature.
 
His first novel, a romance called 'Don Juan en de laatste nimf' (Don Juan and the last nymph), was published in 1943.

But his most famous novel is the romance 'De komst van Joachim Stiller' (The coming of Joachim Stiller) in 1960. Some 44 reprints of the book have been published.

The book features an archetypical Messiah figure that is testimony to Lampo's interest for the theories of Carl Gustav Jung. The book was made into a film by Harry Kümel.

Lampo had a passion for myths and fantasy. He wrote countless papers on such subjects, which were bundled together as 'De zwanen van Stonehenge' (The Swans of Stonehenge) in 1972.

He was awarded in 1963 with the three-yearly State Prize for Literature.

As a profession, Lampo worked as a chief inspector of public libraries.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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