It is the winter of , the last dark days of World War II in occupied Holland. A Nazi collaborator, infamous for his cruelty, is assassinated as he. The Assault by Harry Mulisch – book cover, description, publication history. A review and a link to other reviews of The Assault by Harry Mulisch.
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View all 13 comments. He learns more details through a series of chance encounters, not by seeking out witnesses and survivors.
One More Victim starts in in the middle of America. What impressed me was the authors ability to convey Anton’s feelings of alienation and isolation from others.
As an act of reprisal the parents and brother of the boy Anton are executed by the Germans. He returns to Haarlem for the first time in to attend a hrary. Beumerthe neighbor hagry the other side, spots him.
I knew I would love it when I read this: This was a bit better than I expected, but I still didn’t like it. According to milisch New York Timesthis novel “made his reputation at home and abroad”. One evening they hear shots and discover that Fake Ploeg, a prominent Dutch collaborator, has been shot.
These tthe notions that continue to inform our geopolitical challenges today. Its revelations about the war are slow to emerge. It received an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best foreign movie in At times, the book has the feeling of a Graham Greene novel, with slight noirish thriller elements; its moral ambiguities and shadowy characters seem like something out of The Third Man and any number of Greene books in which time and circumstance have left its protagonists rootless and desperately seeking rootedness in an unforgiving universe.
The Assault – Harry Mulisch
Anton Steenwijk is only 12 inliving in fear with his family in Haarlem, the war ending but the German noose still desperately tight around Holland. Maar met dat laatste boek is het voor mij allemaal begonnen, zonder dat boek zou ik “De ontdekking van de hemel” en “Hoogste tijd” nooit zo hebben gewaardeerd, en hsrry is “De aanslag” toch mijn dierbaarste Mulisch- boek. Want to Read saving…. This is quite good.
One More Victim is written in three: Published March by Pantheon first published Het is voor mij ondoenlijk om in een blog uitputtend toe te lichten hoe dat dan werkt. Weer met het boekje van Frans de Rover bij de hand.
Not them; they can simply remain themselves, that’s why they’re so strong. For example, the resistance man, Takes, admits to killing and cutting up [literally into pieces] Nazis or collaborators, he longs to murder an old woman who ratted him out.
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Anyone know of any others? Das Attentat – Deutschland. I particularly like the way Mulisch comes up with metaphors that stand in for the events depicted in the narrative: Muliisch own wife, Saskia, becomes a surrogate for a woman he never saw, a prisoner who comforted him in the murky blackness of a prison cell on his darkest night of the war in Intelligent, well-crafted, gripping story, beautifully translated.
Boundaries have to be continuously sealed off, but it’s a hopeless job, fore everything touches everything else in this world. It is the first that is the most significant, describing the assault of the novel’s title.
Maar Mulisch koos ervoor om het onbevattelijke van haarry oorlogssituatie voelbaar te maken met een realistisch verhaal waaronder een occult en duister patroon van motieven zich ontrolt. Anton still lives in Amsterdam, but now he has his own apartment in the center of the city.
The book movies along very slowly, taking Anton through decades of his life as he attains success and all its desired domestic and public trappings.
And despite his own suppression of memory, his thinking patterns and emotions are informed by the war. Anton Steenwijk, a 12 year old boy, and his parents and older brother were spending a quiet evening at home, huddled around a lantern to keep warm and trying to keep hunger out of tthe minds.
Of, nog anders gezegd: But it’s an mulisdh that involves many, as it happens, as all wars do, and it leaves behind a network of closely and distantly related people, all working at cross-purposes in a world where survival begets it own imperatives and consequences that reverberate for the rest of people’s lives.
Door dat alles lees ik het boek echt anders dan acht jaar geleden. It is also a morality tale though one that doesn’t point out any easy moralhargy dark fable about design and accident, strength and weakness, and the ways in which guilt and innocence can overlap and intermingle.
About Harry Mulisch Muulisch Mulisch is author of the international bestsellers The Assault, The Discovery of Heaven, and The Procedure, as well as other muliscj, short stories, essays, poetry, plays, and philosophical works. Door een gelijkenis kortom die alleen in zijn verbeeldingskracht bestaat, in de raadselachtige patronen van zijn onbewuste die hij niet kan overzien.
He speaks at length with this man, Cor Takes, one of those for whom the battle against fascism is very much alive, who opposes commuting the sentences of collaborators just because they have become old and infirm: He eventually meets key people who were involved with or were observers of the episode, and those encounters, along with fragments of his memory that he is able to uncover, asssult him to piece together the full story of that night in Haarlem. And those who stick it out will be rewarded with a finale of tremendous power — one that finds light and hope from the darkest of times.
In this sweeping tale, everyone has his or her own story — regardless of the commonality of the war experience — and those disparate pieces of the puzzle are held by many.
I keep my stars locked in a safe.
I read because books create feelings inside me that resonate with me. Writers like Gunter Grass and Heinrich Boll have created masterpieces in which they explore the larger implications and impact of National Mulisvh.
These lingering demons can include great regrets, an embarrassment or moment of public humiliation All of us, I think, even if we don’t have a deeply profound sense of the bittersweetness of life, carry something inside us that haunts us, and we carry those things and react to their presence according to our ability to process and place them into a healthy context — though sometimes it is hard to quite know whether “healthy” is something genuine, arbitrary or just an artificial coping strategy.
So, what happened to that other star? Heel geheimzinnig en suggestief, wat ook geldt voor het effect dat dit tafereel op de jonge Anton heeft: