Hubert Lampo
Hubert Leon Lampo was a Flemish
Flanders is the community of the Flemings but also one of the institutions in Belgium, and a geographical region located in parts of present-day Belgium, France and the Netherlands. "Flanders" can also refer to the northern part of Belgium that contains Brussels, Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp...

 writer, one of the founders of magic realism
Magic realism
Magic realism or magical realism is an aesthetic style or genre of fiction in which magical elements blend with the real world. The story explains these magical elements as real occurrences, presented in a straightforward manner that places the "real" and the "fantastic" in the same stream of...

 in Flanders
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. His most famous book is
"De komst van Joachim Stiller
De komst van Joachim Stiller
De komst van Joachim Stiller is a novel by Belgian author Hubert Lampo, first published in 1960. It deals with the coming and death of Joachim Stiller, a messiah-like figure, and has magical-realist elements in it...

" ("The coming of Joachim Stiller", 1960), in which a mysterious person, named Joachim Stiller, appears as a redeemer, under circumstances reminiscent of the death of Jesus
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. Other themes that occur in Lampo's work are the myths of Orpheus
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 and the Holy Grail
Holy Grail
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  • "Don Juan en de Laatste Nymf" ("Don Juan and the Last Nymph", 1943)
  • "Hélène Defraye" (1945)
  • "Triptiek van de Onvervulde Liefde" ("Triptych
    A triptych , from tri-= "three" + ptysso= "to fold") is a work of art which is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works...

     of Unrequited Love", 1947)
  • "De Ruiter op de Wolken" ("The Horseman on the Clouds", 1948)
  • "Idomeneia en de Kentaur" ("Idomeneia and the Centaur
    In Greek mythology, a centaur or hippocentaur is a member of a composite race of creatures, part human and part horse...

    , 1951)
  • "De Belofte aan Rachel" ("The Promise to Rachel
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    ", 1952)
  • "Terugkeer naar Atlantis" ("Return to Atlantis
    Atlantis is a legendary island first mentioned in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias, written about 360 BC....

    ", 1953)
  • "De Duivel en de Maagd" ("The Devil
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     and the Virgin", 1955)
  • "De Komst van Joachim Stiller" ("The Coming of Joachim Stiller", 1960, extended 1978 edition ISBN 0-86874-023-3)
  • "Hermione betrapt" ("Hermione
    Hermione may refer to:* Hermione , a female given name* Hermione Granger, a main character in the Harry Potter novels and films, seven ships of the Royal Navy...

     caught", 1962)
  • "De Heks en de Archeoloog" ("The Witch and the Archaeologist", 1967)
  • "De Goden moeten hun Getal Hebben"/"Kasper in de Onderwereld" ("The Gods must have their Number"/"Kasper in the Underworld
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    ", 1969, second edition 1974 ISBN 90-290-0075-9, "Boekenweek
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  • "De Vingerafdrukken van Brahma" ("Brahma's Fingerprints", 1972)
  • "Een Geur van Sandelhout" ("An Odour of Sandalwood
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    ", 1976, ISBN 90-290-0562-9)
  • "Wijlen Sarah Silbermann" ("The Late Sarah Silbermann", 1980, ISBN 90-290-1273-0)
  • "Zeg maar Judith" ("Just Say Judith", 1983, ISBN 90-290-1883-6)
  • "De Eerste Sneeuw van het Jaar" ("The Year's First Snow", 1985, ISBN 90-290-1540-3)
  • "De Elfenkoningin" ("The Elf
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     Queen", 1989, ISBN 90-290-3597-8)
  • "De Verdwaalde Carnavalsvierder" ("The Lost Carnival
    Carnaval is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnaval typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party...

     Celebrant", 1990, ISBN 90-290-2782-7)
  • "De Man die van Nergens Kwam" ("The Man who Came from Nowhere", 1991, ISBN 90-290-2548-4)
  • "De Geheime Academie" ("The Secret Academy", 1994, ISBN 90-290-4948-0 (Dutch
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     edition), ISBN 90-223-1310-7 (Belgian edition))

Short stories

  • "De Engel en de Juke-box" ("The Angel
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     and the Jukebox
    A jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that will play a patron's selection from self-contained media...

    ", 1978)
  • "Schemertijdmuziek" ("Dusk time music", 1992, ISBN 90-290-2765-7)


  • "De Draad van Ariadne" ("Ariadne
    Ariadne , in Greek mythology, was the daughter of King Minos of Crete, and his queen Pasiphaë, daughter of Helios, the Sun-titan. She aided Theseus in overcoming the Minotaur and was the bride of the god Dionysus.-Minos and Theseus:...

    's Thread", 1967); second edition published in 1974 as "Joachim Stiller en ik" ("Joachim Stiller and I", ISBN 90-290-0557-2)

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