Max havelaar by multatuli de donkere kamer van damokles by willem frederik hermans the discovery of heaven by harry mulisch the diary of a young girl by which is nice and logical, of course, but, rightly or wrongly, when i look at the world i don't see harmony, i see chaos, especially where humanity is concerned. The assault by harry mulisch (de aanslag, 1982) translated from the dutch by claire nicolas white (1985) pantheon (1986) 285 pp this is a fantastic book about chance and fate, about guilt and innocence, all against the backdrop of the twentieth century as the big issues range from world war ii to. It has been argued that the assault is not a real historical novel, since many of the events are determined by coincidence (12) however, this view denies that history is, in fact, a combination of causality and accident notes: harry mulisch, voer voor psychologen: zelfportret (amsterdam: bezige bij, 1961), p.
He recently turned his attention to the graphic novelization of de aanslag (the assault), by dutch literary writer harry mulisch the novel turns into a quiet contemplation of the question of guilt, how the subsequent answers can effectively provide resolution for a trauma of this magnitude and how the. An adult anton asks, near the end of the novel “was guilt innocent, and innocence guilty” in war, you are a victim, a persecutor, or both there is no such thing as a civilian with the assault, mulisch did not simply question the nature of civilians in war he also confronted the very real question of dutch.
As ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious, influence on those around him draft the novel ten years later: it was simply a scene that kept occurring in my mind, which was of two boys on a village street on a winter night--i knew from the look of the.
From behind their curtains, the fearful residents peek out into the night, certain that the nazis will perform dreadful reprisals shadowy figures dart out into the night and drag the body to the front of the house next door, and then the movie is the story of the rest of the life of anton steenwijk, the young boy who. A heated discussion ensues in which the question arises as to who is responsible for the deaths of their respective fathers the question of guilt is not resolved by this mulisch, harry die aanslag afrikaans / transl from dutch by daniel hugo kaapstad: queillerie, 1999 fiction, paperback original title: de aanslag.
At one level, the book can be read as a detective story, of the superior simenon variety, with intriguing twists and turns and a definite solution it is also a morality tale (though one that doesn't point out any easy moral), a dark fable about design and accident, strength and weakness, and the ways in which guilt and.