Author Hans Keilson dies at 101

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The Dutch-German author and psycho-analyst Hans Keilson has died in hospital in Hilversum. The announcement of his death was made by his German publisher S. Fischer Verlag in Frankfurt am Main.

The German-born Jewish author was 101 years old. He fled to the Netherlands during Nazi rule in Germany in 1936. His parents were murdered in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The elderly author was recently rediscovered when The New York Times praised his work in 2010. Critic Francine Prose called Keilson a 'genius' and one of the world’s best writers. She described his books The Death of the Adversary and Comedy in a Minor Key as masterpieces. The latter title had only just been published in English and the former had been out of print for many years.

In 2009, on his 100th birthday, Mr Keilson was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau.


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