Johan Daisne  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Johan Daisne (2 September 1912–9 August 1978) was a Flemish language Belgian author.

His novel De trein der traagheid (1950) is the basis of the film One Night... A Train (1968).


Born in Ghent, Belgium, he attended the Koninklijk Atheneum before studying Economics and Slavic languages at Ghent University, receiving his doctorate in 1936. In 1945 he was appointed chief librarian of the city of Ghent.

Thiery began writing under the pen-name Johan Daisne in 1935, with the publication of a collection of poetry entitled Verzen. This was followed by other poetical works including Het einde van een zomer (1940), Ikonakind (1946), Het kruid-aan-de-balk (1953) and De nacht komt gauw genoeg (1961). Together with Hubert Lampo, he was one of the pioneers of magic realism in the Dutch language writing with his novels, the best known of which are De trap van steen en wolken (1942), De man die zijn haar kort liet knippen (1947) (translated as 'The man who had his hair cut short', 1965), and De trein der traagheid (1953).

He also wrote screenplays, radio plays and non-fiction. His quadrilingual Filmografisch lexicon der wereldliteratuur (3 volumes, 1971, 1973 and 1978) developed from his association with the Knokke film festival.

Translations into English

  • The Man Who Cut His Hair Short (1965)
  • Filmographic Dictionary of World Literature (1971) ISBN 0391015850
  • Writing in Holland and Flanders 31 (1972) (by Johan Daisne and Jacques Hamelink)

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