Dutch author Hella Haasse dies at age 93

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Posted: Sep 30, 2011 7:35 AM
Dutch author Hella Haasse dies at age 93

Hella Haasse, an award-winning author best known for chronicling colonial life in the Dutch East Indies, has died. She was 93.

Haasse's Dutch publisher, Querido, announced Friday that the author died a day earlier in Amsterdam after a short illness. The cause of death was not given.

Haasse's first novel, "Oeroeg," was an instant hit and has been read at school by generations of Dutch children. The 1948 novel tells of the relationship between two boys, one Dutch and the other Indonesian, whose friendship is put to the test as the colony moves toward independence as the nation of Indonesia.

Haasse's works were translated and published in 90 countries and earned her every major Dutch literary prize.