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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Refresh and try again. Maar extra complex is de dubbelzinnigheid ervan: Assajlt leaves the party to see his old street and there Mrs. I highly recommend, The Assault, but please stop reading two pages from the end. Authors and translators Books. How is that possible? Jul 31, Arash rated it really liked it. 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.

The Nazis are, of course, the direct culprits. Based on actual events, The Assault traces the complex repercussions of this horrific incid It is the winter ofthe last dark days of World War II in occupied Holland. However, the role of the former Soviet Union and the communist-led Patriotic Front in defeating the Nazis thee since been deliberately denigrated in a flurry of anti-communist black propaganda that came with the eruption of the Cold War.

The reader is present for brief episodes through Anton’s life, each of which reveals to him a little more about the circumstances of the atrocity, the expanding ripples of cause and effect, and the convoluted nature of guilt and innocence.



S ook gewoon as: Twelve-year-old Anton Steenwijk is living with his parents and older brother on the outskirts of Haarlem in January under Nazi Occupation. De aanslag is a novel by Dutch author Harry Mulisch. 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.

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

On the way to Amsterdam, an allied plane attacks the convoy and Schulz dies. Whoever did it, did it, not anyone else. Jul 28, AC rated asssault it was amazing Shelves: A heated discussion ensues in which the question arises as to who is responsible for the deaths of their respective fathers.

Zeer duizelingwekkend allemaal, moeilijk om te herkennen en ALS harrry het ziet duizelt het je als lezer nog steeds. Door dat alles lees ik het boek echt anders dan acht jaar geleden. As an act of reprisal the parents and brother of the boy Anton are executed by the Germans.

A Summary of The Assault by Harry Mulisch

It’s a powerful psychological story, and even something of a mystery, that works exceptionally well in spite of, or most likely due, to its succinctness and, of course, cleverness as the plot unfolds, taking many years for the murder of a Dutch collaborator to become finally completely explained and understood.

En daarmee komen we op een ander raadselachtig patroon: The communal secrets and cowardices and terrors of such an occupation are never over.

A beautiful book of darkness and light, a book of how war marks a child and the rest of his tje is spent coming to some kind of grips with the ahrry and loss. Maar een voorbeeld is de raadselachtige rol van Truus Koster, een verzetsstrijdster gebaseerd op Hannie Schaft die medeverantwoordelijk was mulisc de liquidatie van de collaborateur die door allerlei toevalligheden voor het huis van de familie Steenwijk kwam te liggen, en dus indirect OOK voor de noodlottige gevolgen daarvan.


According to the New York Timesthis novel “made his reputation at home and abroad”. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jul 14, Evan rated it really liked it Harrj One particular instance of such enforced historical amnesia is the sad trend of some among the younger generations swallowing the empty propaganda that the Martial Law era brought about economic development and a strong republic.

The Assault

Jan 29, Seth Golbey rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 the middle of the deserted street, in front of Mr. World news from these years and reactions in the Netherlands, such as anti-US demonstrations during the Vietnam War, provide a backdrop to the story.

The events that quickly follow In postwar literature the horrors of Naziism tend to be painted in broad strokes. The protagonist’s disinterest became my own. Alchemie is een activiteit waarin de materie wordt veranderd en waarin ook de alchemist zijn eigen geest en persoon diverse transformaties en transmutaties laat ondergaan.