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    The Assault (Pantheon Books) (Paperback)(Dutch; Flemish) By (author) Harry Mulisch

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    DescriptionA 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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    The Assault
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Harry Mulisch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 185
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Dutch; Flemish
    ISBN 13: 9780394744209
    ISBN 10: 0394744209

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    DC21: 839.31364
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FT
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 839.3/1364
    Libri: NIED3510
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PT5860.M85
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, FIC019000, FIC006000
    LC classification: PT5860.M85 A6313 1985
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Edition statement
    American ed
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Pantheon Books Inc
    Publication date
    01 March 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Harry Mulisch is one of Holland’s most important writers.  Born in 1927 in Haarlem 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, Mulisch felt a particularly charged connection with the Second World War, frequently the subject of his work.  He has received Holland’s highest awards for his novels, plays, poems, and essays.  The Assault has been translated and published to great critical acclaim throughout Europe and in the United States.
    Review quote
    "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"
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    A novel that probes moral devastation in the wake of the slaughter of an innocent family by the Nazis in retaliation for the association with a Dutch collaborator.