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Want daaronder of daarin schuilt een wereld van onoplosbare raadsels, van patronen die hij nog wij mulishc overzien. Had I read his work first, I would have said it influenced mine. Anton, like so many war victims, has decided to suppress his memories, to not pursue the truth about the fate of his family, to err on the side of starting over, acting as if his first life was just a distant fairy tale.

Via sommige toespelingen o. Anton is separated from the rest of his family, taken briefly to a local prison for the night, and later he learns of their fate. Ploeg by us, your family by the Germans. Voorts bestaat de naam van Anton dus uit de initialen A.

A Summary of The Assault by Harry Mulisch

This year we would be celebrating the 68th anniversary of the harey of Nazi Germany and its Axis allies during the Second World War.

Be the first to discover new talent! I love action books. Wat inspanning vraagt, maar voor mij is dan inspanning die zeer de moeite loont. Views Read Edit View history.

Anyone know of any others? I particularly enjoyed two images: En zo wist hij het raadsel naar mijn smaak op fraaie wijze nog te vergroten. Mulisch, through the novelistic weaving of his plot is sensitive and explicit in how it also changes many lives.


However, the role of the former Soviet Union and the communist-led Patriotic Front in defeating the Nazis have since mluisch deliberately denigrated in a flurry of anti-communist black propaganda that came with the eruption of the Cold War. About memory and past events and how they influence things — how it is impossible to understand and judge others actions as well as knowing their consequences.

I read because books create feelings inside me that resonate with me.

So he had to be gotten rid off. Even in relation to something like the Nazi occupation of a country, Mulisch does not blindly take sides, he does not look for easy answers or explanations.

In their conversation Ploeg argues that his father was as innocent as Steenwijk’s parents, that his own loss was muliscj great as Anton’s, suggesting a different measure of guilt and innocence. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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He weighs motivations and unintended consequences, the moral judgments made and risks taken, the interplay of intention and accident, the actions he and his brother and parents took or failed to take. Everything is forgotten in the end. Takes tells him that she was executed a few weeks before the liberation of Harrt. Click here for the next post in this series. In some ways, the book seems to skate too easily over a vast span of time as it intermixes past and present. Harry Mulisch was born on July 29, in Haarlem to a Jewish mother and a half-German, half-Austrian father.


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Every one of us would like to think that we would not do such a thing, that we would not condemn someone else in order to save ourselves, but it is impossible to say with any certainty how one would behave in such a situation. In this short novel we follow Anton through all the rage, grief, and confusion he feels as he tries to move on. For most of the way, I have to admit I was not quite sure what I felt about this book, and for a long time I kept it at an emotional arm’s length.

I recently read a Syrian book called, “Cinnamon” the English translation of which has been out for years, but it is only …more I hate when that happens! Books by Harry Mulisch.


Yet another question arises: A more serious complaint would be that there is a hell of a lot of contrivance, or coincidence in the book. Years later during a large anti-nuclear demonstration inhe hears from a former neighbourhood girl the reason why.

Maar ik ga in deze aparte blog wel kort proberen te duiden hoe ik het boek NU heb ervaren. Jan 14, Darryl rated it it was amazing. Feb 12, Mark rated it really liked it. Which side was accountable for the brutal massacre?