Hugo Claus
novelist, poet, playwright, painter, film director
Hugo Claus
Hugo Maurice Julien Claus was a leading Belgian author who published under his own name as well as various pseudonyms. Claus' literary contributions spanned the genres of drama, the novel, and poetry; he also left a legacy as a painter and film director. He wrote primarily in Dutch, although he also wrote some poetry in English. His death by euthanasia, which is legal in Belgium, led to considerable controversy.
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Nathan Verhelst Chooses Euthanasia After Failed Gender Reassignment Surgeries
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A 44-year-old man in Belgium chose to end his life via euthanasia on Monday after a series of failed gender reassignment surgeries. “I was the girl no one wanted,” Nathan Verhelst told the Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, mere hours before his death. Verhelst, who was born female, told the paper’s reporters he grew up in an unloving family, feeling like a boy trapped in a girl’s body. He finally started hormone therapy in 2009 and underwent several reassignment surgeries in 2012. While doctors did not publicly share the specifics of the surgeries, Verhelst told Het Laatste Nieuws that after the procedures, he felt like a monster. “I was ready to celebrate my new birth. But when I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself,” he told the newspaper. “My new breasts did not match my expectations and my penis had symptoms of rejection.” Verhelst applied for euthanasia several months ago and finally died on Monday in a Brussels hospital. His request was approved based on a 2 ...
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'Emmanuelle' star Sylvia Kristel dies at age 60
Fox News - over 4 years
At the time, Sylvia Kristel was worried about starring in the 1974 erotic movie "Emmanuelle," but consoled herself with the thought that few people would see her sexually charged performance. That turned out to be wrong. "I thought, 'oh my goodness, this is not easy stuff,'" the Dutch actress once said in an interview. "I was nervous but then my boyfriend said, 'Who's going to watch this film? It will never pass censorship.'" It did pass the censors and went on to become a classic of the sexually liberated 1970s, propelling Kristel to international stardom. Kristel died of cancer in her sleep Wednesday at age 60, her management company announced Thursday. She had been fighting cancer for several years. Kristel told the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant in 2005 that her former partner, Belgian author Hugo Claus, had persuaded her to star in "Emmanuelle." The erotic tale directed by Frenchman Just Jaeckin examine ...
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Guy Verhofstadt mag 8 uur Zomergasten maken - Blog.nl (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Verder: het moment dat de wereld kennis maakte met Eddy Merckx en Hugo Claus over Het Verdriet van België. Keuzefilm van Verhofstadt is het epos Novecento (Director's cut) van Bernardo Bertolucci. Novecento gaat over een vriendschap die ontstaat tussen
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Summertime Book Blues - Huffington Post
Google News - over 5 years
In the old days I could happily sprawl somewhere enjoying one big fat summer read after another, books like The Name of the Rose, RWB Lewis's biography of Edith Wharton, Hugo Claus's The Sorrow of Belgium, Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror,
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STATEMENT VAN Wim Opbrouck en Steven Heene - Knack.be
Google News - over 5 years
Nog niet zo lang geleden mochten we een aantal zwaargewichten uit de nationale politiek ontvangen, voor een gelegenheidsavond in onze schouwburg gebaseerd op een toneelbewerking door Hugo Claus van Thyestes. Een gruwelijk maar tijdloos verhaal over
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Een jaar in een woongroep voor dementerenden - BN DeStem
Google News - over 5 years
Zoals toen het zelfgekozen levenseinde van de aan alzheimer lijdende schrijver Hugo Claus in de publiciteit kwam. De bewoners van Iduna bevinden zich in het eerste stadium van de ziekte. Er wordt geprobeerd een huiselijke sfeer te creëren
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Raveel en Claus in Vinkemkerk - Het Nieuwsblad
Google News - over 5 years
Genesis omvat 33weinig gekende werken van Roger Raveel en gedichten van Hugo Claus. Raveel maakte de tekeningen op het thema Genesis tussen 1966 en 1968. Hugo Claus schreef er in 1968 passende gedichten bij. Het resultaat is een unieke visie op het
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Roger Raveel en Hugo Claus in Vinkem - Radio canteclaer
Google News - over 5 years
Tot 11 september is in het kerkje van Vinkem, bij Veurne, het werk Genesis van Roger Raveel en Hugo Claus te bezichtigen. De schilder uit Machelen-Zulte en de schrijver die een deel van zijn jeugd in Astene-Deinze doorbracht stelden in 1969 een bundel
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Wielrennerverhaal van Verhulst alsnog op Vlaamse boekenmarkt - Knack.be
Google News - over 5 years
Nadat andere grote namen als Hugo Claus en Arnon Grunberg hem zijn voorgegaan, was het dit jaar de beurt aan de Vlaamse schrijver Dimitri Verhulst. Verhulst, die vooral bekend werd met zijn verfilmde roman 'De helaasheid der dingen'(2006),
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Boek van Dimitri Verhulst over Frank Vandenbroucke - De Standaard
Google News - over 5 years
Bekende schrijvers als Harry Mulisch, Hugo Claus en Arnon Grunberg schreven voor het warenhuis een boek. Dit jaar ging de opdracht naar de Vlaamse schrijver Dimitri Verhulst. In Monoloog van iemand die het gewoon werd tegen zichzelf te praten brengt
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Appel en référé: le livre d'Hugo Claus restera dans les rayons des librairies - RTL.be
Google News - over 5 years
Le livre posthume "De Wolken" de l'écrivain Hugo Claus ne sera pas retiré de la vente, comme l'exigeaient ses fils. Ces derniers n'ont en effet pas obtenu gain de cause dans la procédure en référé qu'ils avaient intentée, ni en première instance ni,
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Biografie Marie-Rose Morel verschijnt in november - Knack.be
Google News - over 5 years
Een beetje hetzelfde concept als 'De Wolken', het veelbesproken boek over Hugo Claus.' Koen Dillen, zoon van Vlaams Belang-oprichter Karel Dillen, vertelt in Gazet van Antwerpen hoe hij bezig is aan een biografie over Marie-Rose Morel
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Vóór het uitchecken een boek signeren - Reformatorisch Dagblad
Google News - over 5 years
Een gast heeft eens verbijsterd gevraagd of Hitler werkelijk in dit hotel heeft gelogeerd.” De boekenverzameling is uniek en daardoor waardevol, zegt Douma. „Waar vind je bijvoorbeeld een gesigneerde eerste druk van Hugo Claus' ”Onvoltooid verleden”?
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Kortrijk feest de zomer in - Het Nieuwsblad
Google News - over 5 years
In 1983 verfilmde Hugo Claus het boek De Leeuw van Vlaanderen van Hendrik Conscience. De jonge acteur Jonas Van Thielen brengt een hommage aan deze culturele hoogvlieger door alle filmrollen na te spelen en zo het verhaal opnieuw tot leven te brengen
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Beeldende kunst overtroeft poëzie in Watou - Knack.be
Google News - over 5 years
Als “herinnering” het thema vormt, kan Hugo Claus in Watou niet op het appèl ontbreken. Bij leven was Claus er een graaggeziene gast en ook de laatste 'oldskool' poëziezomer in 2008 droeg duidelijk het stempel van Claus' recente overlijden
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hugo Claus
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 78
    Claus suffered from Alzheimer's disease and requested his life to be terminated through euthanasia, a legal procedure in Belgium, at the Middelheim Hospital in Antwerp on 19 March 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The Flemish Minister of Culture stated "I knew him well enough to know that he wanted to depart with pride and dignity." Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said that he imagined the onset of Alzheimer's must have been "inevitable and unbearable torture". "I can live with the fact that he decided thus," he said, "because he left us as a great glowing star, right on time, just before he would have collapsed into a Stellar black hole." His death by euthanasia has received criticism from the Roman Catholic Church and the Belgian Alzheimer League. The Roman Catholic Church criticized the media coverage; Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels referred to Claus' euthanasia in his Easter Homily. The Belgian Alzheimer League respects Claus' decision, but believes the media coverage of his death neglects other options for Alzheimer's patients. Amongst others: Claus wrote over a thousand pages of poetry, more than sixty plays, over twenty novels and several essays, film scripts, libretti and translations. Only a small part of this œuvre has been translated into English:
  • 1990
    Age 60
    His film Het sacrament was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1975
    Age 45
    In the early 1970s, he had an affair with actress Sylvia Kristel, who was 23 years younger, with whom he had a son, Arthur, in 1975. The relationship ended in 1977, when she left him for actor Ian McShane.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 34
    Claus directed seven films between 1964 and 2001.
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  • 1962
    Age 32
    The 1962 De verwondering (The Astonishment) and the 1983 Het verdriet van België (The Sorrow of Belgium) rank among Claus' most significant works as a novelist.
    More Details Hide Details Lee views Het verdriet van België as a postmodern critique of national identity. Most prolific in literary endeavors as a dramatist, Claus wrote 35 original pieces and 31 translations from English, Greek, Latin, French and Spanish plays and novels. His dramatic sketch Masscheroen was first staged at Knokke Casino and featured an all-nude cast: three naked men were given the task of portraying the Christian Holy Trinity of God the father, God the son, and the Holy Spirit; the work also made light of the Holy Virgin, a Belgian saint, and the Three Wise Men. Attacked as blasphemous and deleterious to the public's moral well-being, the light-hearted play's performance triggered a notable legal case in which Claus was prosecuted: convicted on charges of public indecency, Claus was ordered to pay a ten-thousand-Belgian franc fine and serve a four-month prison sentence. The prison term was reduced to a suspended sentence after a public outcry.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 23
    From February 1953 until the beginning of 1955, Hugo Claus lived in Italy where his girlfriend Elly Overzier (born in 1928) acted in a few films. They were married on 26 May 1955, and had a son, Thomas, on 7 October 1963.
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  • 1950
    Age 20
    He lived in Paris from 1950 until 1952, where he met many of the members of the CoBrA art movement.
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    Claus' prominence in literary circles and his debut as a novelist came in 1950, with the publication of his De Metsiers at age twenty-one.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 17
    His first published poems had in fact been printed by his father as early as 1947.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Born
    Hugo Claus was born on 5 April 1929 at Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges, Belgium.
    More Details Hide Details He was the eldest of the sons born to Jozef (Joseph) Claus, a printer who had a passion for theater; his mother was Germaine Vanderlinden. Three more sons were born into the family within the subsequent decade: Guido (February 1931 – 9 November 1991), Odo (born January 1934), and Johan (November 1938 – 13 February 2009). Educated at a boarding school, the young Hugo Claus lived in Belgium during the German invasion of the country in World War II. Several of Claus' schoolteachers during the half-decade of the German occupation of the country were right-wing nationalists eager to support the pro-German government; his father was briefly held in custody for pro-German activities after the end of the occupation, and Hugo was himself swayed into supporting the pro-German Flemish fascist youth movement. Claus' experience with the wartime nationalist right would later become a source for his 1983 book The Sorrow of Belgium, a novel which tells the story of Claus' alter ego Louis Seynaeve. A sympathizer of the political left at a more mature period in his life, Claus lauded the socialist model after a visit to Cuba in the 1960s.
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