Harry Mulisch The Assault

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The Assault

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A novel that probes moral devastation following a Nazi retaliation in a Dutch town. The Assault has been translated and published to great critical acclaim throughout Europe and in the United States.

It is the winter of 1945, the last dark days of the ware in occupied Holland. A Nazi collaborator, infamous for his cruelty, is assassinated as he rides on his bicycle. The Germans retaliate by slaughtering an innocent family: only the youngest son, twelve-year-old Anton, survives.

The Assault traces the complex repercussions of this nightmarish event on Anton's life. Determined not to forget, he opts for a carefully normal existence—a prudent marriage, a successful career, and colorless passivity. But the past keeps breaking through, in relentless memories and in chance encounters with the other actors in the drama, until Anton finally learns what really happened that night in 1945, and why.

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"A beautiful and powerful work...takes its place among the finest European fiction of our time."
--Elizabeth Hardwick
"A political thriller that removes the postwar scar tissue protecting society...a psychological thriller probing the moral devastation between neighbors, fellow students, husbands and wives...It is Mr. Mulisch's triumph to have revealed all this...with an x-ray cunning."
--"The New York Times Book Review"

A beautiful and powerful work takes its place among the finest European fiction of our time.
Elizabeth Hardwick
A political thriller that removes the postwar scar tissue protecting society a psychological thriller probing the moral devastation between neighbors, fellow students, husbands and wives It is Mr. Mulisch s triumph to have revealed all this with an x-ray cunning.
"The New York Times Book Review""

A beautiful and powerful work . . . takes its place among the finest European fiction of our time.
Elizabeth Hardwick
It is a parable of war, whose guilts and neuroses reach well into the present, that this novel is so is so persuasive. We may read "The Assault "in part as a thriller. But it is apolitical thriller that removes the postwar scar tissue protecting societ. And it is a psychological thriller probing the moral devastation between neighbors, fellow students, husbands and wives . . . . It is Mr. Mulisch s triumph to have revealed all this with an X-ray cunning.
"The New York Times Book Review""

A beautiful and powerful work [that] takes its place among the finest European fiction of our time.
Elizabeth Hardwick
It is as a parable of war, whose guilts and neuroses reach well into the present, that this novel is so is so persuasive. We may read The Assault in part as a thriller. But it is apolitical thriller that removes the postwar scar tissue protecting society. And it is a psychological thriller probing the moral devastation between neighbors, fellow students, husbands and wives. . . . It is Mulisch s triumph to have revealed all this with an X-ray cunning.
The New York Times Book Review"

"A beautiful and powerful work [that] takes its place among the finest European fiction of our time."
--Elizabeth Hardwick

"It is as a parable of war, whose guilts and neuroses reach well into the present, that this novel is so is so persuasive. We may read The Assault in part as a thriller. But it is a political thriller that removes the postwar scar tissue protecting society. And it is a psychological thriller probing the moral devastation between neighbors, fellow students, husbands and wives. . . . It is Mulisch's triumph to have revealed all this with an X-ray cunning."
--The New York Times Book Review

About the Author:

Born in 1927 to a Jewish mother whose family died in the concentration camps and an Austrian father who was jailed after the war for collaborating with the Nazis, HARRY MULISCH is one of Holland's most acclaimed writers. He is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, nonfiction, commentary, plays, and poetry, many of them having as their subject the Second World War. The Assault has been translated into more than two dozen languages and was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1986. Mulisch died in 2010.

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