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Belgian magic realism writer Lampo passes away

india Updated: Jul 13, 2006 16:52 IST
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Belgian writer Hubert Lampo, one of the founders of magic realism in Flanders, has died aged 85, according to the


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.