The former belgian diplomat Patrick Nothomb, the father of the novelist Amélie Nothomb, died of the novel coronavirus at the age of 83 years, it was learnt Wednesday from official sources.
It is the embassy of Belgium in Thailand which has announced on his page Facebook that the former ambassador was ” one of the belgian victims of the Covid-19 “.
This embassy, of Patrick Nothomb had been in office from 1985 to 1988, expressed its “deep sadness” and offered condolences to ” his wife, his children Andrew, Juliet and Emily, and his children’s children.”
Belgium, a country of 11.4 million inhabitants, has recorded 1486 case of a new coronavirus and 14 deaths, according to official figures.
Patrick Nothomb has had a long career as a diplomat in the 1960’s. He has been ambassador of Belgium in several countries in Asia, Burma, Thailand, and more extensively in Japan (1988-1997). There had already been consul general in Osaka (1968-72). Patrick Nothomb became a specialist in the Noh, a style of japanese theatre.
These family holidays in Japan have strongly inspired her daughter Amelie in his work as a novelist, notably in “fear and trembling” where she portrays a young wife –his double– in the grip of the uprooting, is in conflict with the codes unknown a land as exotic.
The book, adapted then to the cinema, and it was granted in 1999, the Grand prix du roman of the French Academy.
For nearly thirty years, the prolific writer –revealed by “Hygiene of the assassin” (1992)– appears regularly among the best-selling literary in the French-speaking world.