Imminent Dutch Author Harry Mulisch Dies At 83

November 1st, 2010 - 8:27 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
cxliffNov 1, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Highly acclaimed Dutch writer Harry Mulisch, who is best known for penning down works such as “The Assault” and “The Discovery of Heaven” breathed his last at his Amsterdam home on Saturday. The renowned writer who was believed to be the perfect candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, died due to cancer. Harry Mulisch was 83 years of age at the time of his demise.

The news of the death of the celebrated writer, who during his career spanning across years had penned down a series of much-acclaimed novels, has left all his ardent readers dismayed. Condolences have been pouring in from since it has come to light that the noted Dutch writer is no more. Following Harry Mulisch’s demise, Prime Minister Mark Rutte released a statement on Sunday in which he described his death as a ‘a loss for Dutch literature and the Netherlands.’ At the same time, culture minister Halbe Zijlstra also reacted to the imminent writer’s demise by saying that Harry Mulisch was the last of the ‘Big Three’ authors along with Willem Frederik Hermans as well as Gerard Reve, both of whom have passed away.

During his illustrious writing career, Harry Mulisch is known to have penned down as many as 70 novels, short stories, poems as well as plays. Many of his works were based on the theme of Second World War which drew inspiration from his own experience during the war having born to a Nazi father and a Jewish mother. The celebrated author was also honored with the much-coveted lifetime achievement award Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren (Prize of Dutch Literature) in the year 1995.

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