Novelist Hella Haasse dies at 93

30th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch author Hella Haasse has died aged 93. Her publisher said she died on Thursday after a brief illness.

Known primarily as a writer of historical fiction, Ms Haasse also wrote for the stage. Relations between the Dutch and the Indonesians are a recurring theme in her work. Hella Haasse was born in 1918 in Batavia in the Dutch East Indies, now known as the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

After her 1948 debut Oeroeg, one of her best-known works is , published in 1949. It describes the plight of French nobleman Charles d'Orléans who was taken prisoner by the English in 1415.

She published her last title, Transit, in 1994. Many of Hella Haasse's novels have been translated into English, including .

Hella Haasse was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize in 1981 and the equally prestigious P.C. Hooft Award three years later.

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