Dutch author HARRY MULISCH has lost his battle with cancer, aged 83.
The celebrated writer died at his home in Amsterdam, Holland on Saturday (30Oct10).
Famous for The Assault and The Discovery of Heaven - which was transformed into a film in 2001 - he was often considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature.
His works largely centred around World War II and he wrote more than thirty books.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte paid tribute to Mulisch, calling his death "a loss for Dutch literature and the Netherlands".