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. The Assault Harry Mulisch Limited preview – Een ander symbool echter is dat van verstening en verstarring: Also, why was Anton more interested in some woman he met in jail than his family that was murdered by a bunch of German troops. A Nazi collaborator, infamous for his cruelty, is assassinated as he rides home on his bicycle.

Harry Kurt Victor Mulisch along with W. A beginning never disappears, not even with the ending. This is to Mulisch’s credit, because he saves the big guns for the end. Maar ik ga in deze aparte blog wel kort proberen te duiden hoe ik het boek NU heb ervaren. We have not had an opportunity to compare it to the original, but it is something to keep in mind. Zeer duizelingwekkend allemaal, moeilijk om te herkennen en ALS je het ziet duizelt het je als lezer nog steeds. They as enemies of themselves.

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

The Assault

This is many years after the event, of course. En nu, maartherlees ik weer “De aanslag”. Anton Steenwijk, a 12 year old boy, and his parents and older brother were muoisch a quiet evening at home, huddled around a lantern to keep warm and trying to keep hunger out of their minds.


I say no work, but I was living and incorporating what I had experience and learned and from time to time going back to revisit One More Victim and move it forward. It would seem that the story of Anton, a year-old boy whose parents and brother are taken from him in a cruel twist of fate at the very end of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands inis a minor tragedy, as tragedies go in the grand assauly of a total war.

Writers like Gunter Grass and Heinrich Boll have created masterpieces in which they explore the larger implications and impact of National Socialism. I love books that take me into myself. The Germans arrive, Peter flees, the Steenwijks are rounded up, their house immediately burned to the ground.

Fortunately, it never panders to easy sentimentality even as we crave some emotional catharsis. Anton is raised by his aunt and uncle. Very well written, The Assault is a morality play for our complex times, a far cry assaklt most simplistic war literature.

He learns why the Kortewegs rushed out to move the body and why they moved it toward the Steenwijks and not in the other direction, the one reason absurd and the other incontestably the moral choice based on what the Kortewegs knew that night. Everyone knows the Germans will retaliate.

A Summary of The Assault by Harry Mulisch

Memory, our perception of time, and the twists of fate that can occur so cruelly if only for other factors being otherwise, are deftly touched on. Takes justifies the killing as a political act, a punishment of the inspector for his crimes against the people: Again, he knows what the consequences will be when it is found.

See 2 questions about The Assault…. There are no easy answers for Mulisch, no simple blame to assign, even where it first appears there might be. Along the way there are lovely passages as he reflects on disparate issues and seemingly unrelated features of his world.


It is also a morality tale though one that doesn’t point out any easy morala dark fable about design and accident, strength and weakness, and the ways in which guilt and innocence can overlap and intermingle. Indeed, I know a young woman who all but avoids sleep because she cannot cope with the terrible nightmares she suffers as a result of what once happened to her. Jul 28, AC rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was important since every word in this book was so crucial.


En DIE raadselachtige kant komt vooral naar voren in de raadselachtige laag van duistere beelden, metaforen, verwijzingen, en oneindige verknopingen daartussen. Lists with This Book. Not in big bursts and frenzies most common in literature, but an acceptance through a quiet progression of incidents, a subdued awakening of memory, numbered tears and new life and threads that almost all come together but not quite.

Anton is twelve years old, just trying assaulh survive WWII with his parents and his older Their peace was broken by the sound of nearby gunshots, and when they looked outside they noticed the body of a man lying in front of their next door neighbors’ house.

To view it, click muliech. 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 communal secrets and cowardices and terrors of such an occupation are never over. Ik vond dit oppervlakteverhaal nog ontroerender dan de eerste keer dat ik het awsault Anton has never understood why the body was put in front of their house. Learn how your comment data is processed.