Dutch-language novelist and poet who is known for his works of magic realism and for his Verzen poetry collection. His other works include De nacht komt gauw genoeg and De trap van steen en wolken.
He studied economics and Slavic languages at Ghent University, earning his doctorate in 1936.
He became Ghent's chief librarian in 1945.
His birth name was Herman Thiery; later, he adopted the pen name of Johan Daisne.
His contemporary, Jorge Luis Borges, was a Latin American pioneer of the magic realism genre.