Hubert Lampo and another Belgian
Hubert Lampo died July 12th.
One of the greatest Belgian writers of this century, we're told, he's little translated into English. All we've read is The Coming of Joachim Stiller (Twayne Publishers, New York, 1974), which was brilliant.
Here's a stupid obituary from Reuters:
Belgian writer Hubert Lampo, one of the founders of magic realism in Flanders, has died aged 85, according to the Standaard newspaper's Web site on Wednesday.
Author of 21 novels - of which The coming of Joachim Stiller is the most famous - as well as novellas and short stories, Lampo has received several awards and was for many years regarded as a candidate for the Nobel Prize.
Strongly influenced by his experience of World War Two, Lampo's work focused on humanism, democracy and social engagement. He was also a co-founder of a prominent literary magazine.
The literary genre of magic realism, which combines a realistic setting with supernatural elements, was made famous by Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde and Gabriel Garcia Marquez among other writers.
Lampo was born in Antwerp on September 1, 1920.
The photo of Lampo above is by Tom Ordelman.
Another great Belgian novelist is Louis Paul Boon, whose Summer in Termuren, translated by Paul Vincent, is out this September from Dalkey Archive Press.
Here's an excerpt, unfairly out of context:
"red ass - oh democracy, red nipple of a burgeoning breast - oh social situation of some other place where things are dire, but not here."