The lion is dead. Magic realism mourns.

The death is reported of Russell Hoban, author of The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. He was 86.

Hoban was a pioneer of magic realist fiction, a successful children’s writer and the librettist of a Harrison Birtwistle opera, The Second Mrs Kong.

His son, Wieland Hoban, is a composer.

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  • The Mouse and His Child is a masterpiece… big childhood memory! One of the first books to move me to tears (at about 8!) RIP

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