Hugo Claus's ashes entrusted to the sea off Ostend
The life of the author Hugo Claus will be remembered at a ceremony in the Antwerp Bourla Theatre on March 29th.
The life of the author Hugo Claus will be remembered at a ceremony in the Antwerp Bourla Theatre on March 29th. The greatest writer of a generation died in an Antwerp hospital on Wednesday.
Suffering from Alzheimer's disease he had asked to undergo euthanasia.
The leave-taking ceremony will not be a religious one and will include readings and music.
Claus's ashes will be cast to the waves of his beloved North Sea at a ceremony off the resort of Ostend (West Flanders).
His remains will be entrusted to the waves in a biodegradable casket.
Book of Mourning
The City of Antwerp has opened a book of mourning that can be signed in city hall starting Friday.
The VRT TV channel Canvas is entirely devoted to programmes on the life of the author on Thursday.
The channel is screening a documentary portraying Claus as an all-round artist who wrote poetry, painted and made films.
Many Flemish dailies today carry supplements illustrating the life and work of one of our greatest writers.