- Category : Writers-Fiction
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (1,16,20,30)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Endeavor 1
Born in Edegem, near Antwerp, April 4, 1912, Paul Willems, son of writer Marie Gevers, is a Flemish Francophone culture. Flanders he lives is that of the Scheldt and beyond, the great port of Antwerp.
Since the late nineteenth century, Willems family occupies the area Missembourg old white building surrounded by an impressive garden with trees and a pond adjacent to disappear in the 1930s Place a timeless retreat, dedicated to the poetic magic, this area is a constant source of inspiration for the works of the son, as the mother. The grandmother Willems teaches him reading in the Telemachus of Fenelon. He studied law at the Free University of Brussels, where he specialized in maritime law. In 1941, Paul Willems works of Food Services, a group of fishing. He leaves to live in Brussels, after his marriage (1942). His father and brother died in 1944. Paul Willems and Elza return to live in Missembourg (1946). In 1947, Paul Willems between the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels - in 1984, he became the general secretary. His work led him to travel extensively: in China, Japan, the USSR, the United States.
Meanwhile, he develops a romantic and dramatic. His first novel, Everything is real here (1941), is rooted in his native Flanders, on the outskirts of the Scheldt, but testifies to this amateur de Nerval, a constant concern to mix the dream to life. In 1942 appears the text Grass trembling. Then it's Chronicle of the swan, strange tale blending fantasy and cruelty. In 1949, with injuries, Paul Willems book his only "realistic" novel.
The author was strongly marked by Grimm and Andersen tales. Moreover, end player that enjoys the words he retains the lightness of avant-garde authors like Paul Neuhuys, or is interested in playwrights such Maeterlinck or Crommelynck. In 1948 he met Claude Etienne, host of the "Rideau de Bruxelles", which encouraged him to write for the theater. This will be Mr. Le Bon Vin Nuche (1949). It's raining in my house (1958) will experience an international success. The light and whimsical atmosphere of the first works gradually gives way to a gravity that gives strength to his theater. The characters brought together the same desire to live in fiction are suddenly confronted with reality. Thus will he tautness couples that make up The Mirrors of Ostend (1974), but also nocturnal wanderings characters Market Small Hours (1964) and broken dreams Josty The City of sailing (1968 ) ... the reason for the war is often the occasion of tragic path in which the timeless but fragile area represents the only hope for the perfect fantasy. Thus, Warna or weight of snow (1962) and She said sleep to die (1983) present in two different variations. La Vita breve (1989), the most violent of his pieces, closes a theatrical journey where innocence has always been the challenge of frantic passions. In addition, language, mild irony seems to constantly seek a poetic end to the relentless conflict.
IN 1980, he received the Five-Year Literature
His dramatic career did not stop Paul Willems pursue a prose work. Thus, he published two collections of short stories, The mist Cathedral (1983) and The Vase of Delft (1995) where often an everyday situation switches to a poetic revelation. As in the theater, the ideal purity rises to the sublime or collapses in tragedy. Finally, drowned Country (1990) is a legendary story that is a synthesis of the imaginary world of the author. We discover a country Aquélone based on where the author lived, torn between the dream and the laws that it embodies a prosaic civilization that interferes with consciences.
Desire nothing and poetry are the result of the literary path of a major writers of the postwar French-speaking Belgium.
Paul Willems dies in Antwerp November 27, 1997.