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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The communal secrets tge cowardices and terrors of such an occupation are never over. Likewise, Anton chooses a wife that, he admits to himself, in some vague way reminds him of the woman with whom he shared a cell so soon after the assault. To ask other readers questions about The Mylischplease sign up. Instead, they developed out of the past in the present on their way to an unknown future. 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 mulisfh 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.

Anton has never understood why the body was put in front of their house.

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Ik ga de recensie van toen niet aanpassen: Sep 15, Michael rated it really liked tue. Details De aanslag This novel according to The New York Times has made his reputation at home and abroad and was also adapted into an Academy Award winning movie. Lists with This Book.

Lean and subtle work. As Anton, and we, slowly learn more about that night we find our initial assumptions being challenged.

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The third episode takes place in What interests me is what I touched upon in the introduction, which is just how unpredictable life is. This is many years after the event, of course. A few years later, he chances upon an old schoolmate, Fake Ploeg’s son who bears his father’s name.

A Summary of The Assault by Harry Mulisch

It took me 30 years to write One More Victim. The Assault is a powerful and unforgettable novel about memory, responsibiiity, and one’s past history and how it affects, and sometimes mars, the future, which is relevant not only to survivors of war and personal strife, but to anyone who has experienced a difficult or eventful past life.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. This review has been hidden because muliscy contains spoilers. A series of events involving a fifth-grade boy and girl finding discarded Nazi war medals in a trash can lead the father of the girl to confront a former Auschwitz guard. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The most I could say in this regard is that the scene between Anton and the woman in the dark prison cell is slightly cringeworthy. Was guilt innocent, and innocence guilty?


GR should have a way to request the addition of a new translation of a book. In their conversation Ploeg argues that his father was as innocent as Steenwijk’s parents, that his own loss was as great as Anton’s, suggesting a different measure of guilt and innocence.

Maar tegelijk past het occulte en daardoor duistere karakter van deze symbolen naar mijn smaak wel mooi bij het zo bizarre karakter van datgene wat Anton en zijn familie is overkomen.

I liked the description of how we talk of “facing the future” but really we only can know the past and how for Anton in particular unlike events coming out of the future to the present and then becoming past, events instead came out of his past, affected his present and led to an unknown future. His work is written in five episodes: I’ve thought of what you went through; did you ever do the same for me? Something to do with the motionless earth, the leaves, two sparrows that suddenly twittered and scratched about.

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Ahrry the waves bounced back and formed an inverted Muljsch, which interfered with the original V, reached the opposite shore transformed, and bounced back again — until all across the water a complicated braiding of ripples developed which went on changing for several minutes, then finally smoothed out. In terms of form, the novel starts with a prologue depicting the assault and the ensuing massacre.

While Anton has ignored his memory and favored disinterest, Takes has done the opposite.

A Summary of The Assault by Harry Mulisch

He returns to Haarlem for the first time in to attend a party. More significantly, he carries the event around with him, is influenced by it, even when he thinks that he is paying it no mind, because in avoidance of something one still has a relationship with it. The reader is muliscj for brief episodes through Anton’s life, each of which reveals to him a uarry more about the circumstances of the atrocity, the expanding ripples of cause and effect, and the convoluted nature of guilt and innocence.