Dutch author Harry Mulisch dies
Monday 01 November 2010
Dutch author Harry Mulisch, whose work spawned an Oscar-winning film, has died of cancer aged 83, his family and publisher announced on Sunday.
"Surrounded by his family, he died at his home in Amsterdam" on Saturday evening, they said in a statement.
"With his death, the Netherlands has lost one of her greatest literary sons."
Mulisch's books included "The Assault" which inspired a film of the same name that won the Oscar in 1987 for best foreign picture, and "The Discovery of Heaven."
Known for his habit of referring to himself as the best writer of all time, Mulisch penned more than 70 novels, essays, poems and plays, mostly inspired by World War II.
He and his mother, a Jew, managed to escape the Nazi extermination camps thanks to his father's job with the controversial Lippmann-Rosenthal bank in Amsterdam, set up to manage assets taken from Dutch Jews by the Nazis.
"He always said - 'I am the Second World War'," Mulisch's fellow writer Cees Nooteboom told Dutch broadcaster NOS, describing his friend as "a unique literary personality.
"It was always about the war, the war and the war."
Mulisch won many accolades and was talked of as a possible Nobel laureate.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Mulisch's death was a "great loss for the Netherlands and for Dutch literature.
"We all grew up with him," the premier said. "Mulisch presided over Dutch literature. This is the end of an era."
Dutch Deputy Culture Minister Halbe Zijlstra described Mulisch as a great writer with an imposing and varied body of work who was also celebrated abroad."
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams cast in Channel 4 drama about cyber bullying
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
The Walking Dead season 5 synopsis: Spoilers and existential questions revealed
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes