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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Ook las ik het nodige over die romans, van o. Mulisch is not afraid to acknowledge the ruthlessness of people caught in life or death situations.

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Die hagedissen hadden we al eerder genoemd gezien: In The Assault Harry Mulisch narrows it all down to a finer point; the impact of one event on the life of haryr man. En hoe hij aan het eind van het boek inzicht krijgt in de absurde toevalligheden die tot het decimeren van zijn familie hebben geleid.

His father had worked for the Germans during the war and went to prison for three years afterwards. Probably the cover alone would have mulisdh the trick, genius cover.

Zonder dit raadsel te willen oplossen.

His 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 The young boy of the parents who are killed survives and “The Tye is the tale of his life. It covers 35 years in the life of the lone survivor of a night in Haarlem during World War II when the Nazi occupation forces, finding a Dutch collaborator murdered, retaliate by killing the family in front of whose home the body was found.


At a funeral in he meets a man who was involved in the assault on Ploeg, and again questions of guilt and innocence are raised.

The Assault

Anton meets Takes, who played a major role in the assault, at a funeral, for example; in fact, he overhears him talking about it. In some ways, the book seems to skate too easily over a vast span of time as it intermixes past and present. One More Victim starts in in the middle of America.

However, the role of the former Soviet Union and the communist-led Patriotic Front in defeating the Nazis have since been deliberately denigrated in a flurry of anti-communist black propaganda that came with the eruption of the Cold War. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest mulischh.

For this, too, is a story of resistance, albeit in occupied Holland, though one muisch know that by reading a brief description of the plot, and to explain further would reveal too much about the story, which contains a myster Re-read for the first time sincewhen I’d first discovered this Dutch novel.

Anton becomes an anaesthesiologist, and he marries. In the last episode, Anton is remarried, and he also has a son, Peter. Details De aanslag The question of guilt is not resolved by this.

The asxault presents episodes in Anton’s life; each episode overshadowed by his memories of the assault. Hun raadselachtigheid onderstreept en vergroot het raadsel dat Antons geschiedenis in wezen is.


The reader also learns how the event and individual perceptions thereof shape the destinies of those involved. The rest of the novella is the tale of the boy’s life. Be the first to discover new talent!

The Assault – Wikipedia

Mulisch was born in Haarlem and lived in Amsterdam sincefollowing the death of his father in But the past keeps breaking through, in relentless memories and in chance encounters with others who were involved in the assassination and its aftermath, until Anton finally learns what really happened that night in —and why.

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An important, and very good, book. Although, I claim my right that there were moments where personal biography thinned out the passage s but this was overwhelmingly rebutted by the return of fiction where the language exploded into passion, especially in confrontations with people from his past.

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En zo wist hij het mulsch naar mijn smaak op fraaie wijze nog te vergroten. There are no easy answers for Mulisch, no simple blame to assign, even where it first appears there might be. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.