Writer Frank Martinus Arion Passed Away
WILLEMSTAD – The popular writer Arion (78) has passed away. A close friend just announced that to media in Curaçao.
Arion wrote in Dutch and Papiamento. His most famous book is “Dubbelspel”, the novel with which he made his debut in 1973.
The book was also made into a film and was the leading book in the 2006 campaign “The Netherlands Reads”. Dubbelspel was handed out for free through the libraries in the Dutch Kingdom.
Frank Martinus Arion, pseudonym of Frank Efraim Martinus, was born on December 17, 1936 in Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles. He is a poet and a novelist, and a language advocate.
He moved to the Netherlands in 1955 and in 1981 returned to Curaçao, where he became head of the Curaçao Language Institute that promotes the use of the Papiamento language. His works include The Last Freedom (De laatste vrijheid)and Double Play (Dubbelspel). The latter novel is considered to be his magnum opus and was published in 1973.