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By Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor

ISBN-10: 9053562214

ISBN-13: 9789053562215

ISBN-10: 9053562362

ISBN-13: 9789053562369

A lot of present day Dutch writers have been kids in the course of global warfare II. Even at the present time, the demanding adolescence adventure of enemy profession continues to be relevant to the paintings of a lot of them. This curiosity cuts around the conventional barriers among fiction, autobiography and the literature of trauma and restoration. A relatives career is the 1st English-language creation to Dutch-language texts written through and in regards to the 'Children of the battle' and their cultural context. Their topics and literary conventions throw an engaging mild at the Dutch method of concerns corresponding to guilt and innocence, reminiscence and narrative, nationwide identification, baby abuse and victimhood.

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For the first time he felt a kind of fear, something sucking him in, a deep hole into which things fell without reaching the bottom, as when someone throws a stone into a well and never hears it land. ” question: why did Ploeg end up in front of Anton’s house? anton’s story 37 38 During his visit to Haarlem, Anton rethinks his earlier refusal to have anything to do with the monument erected there, and visits it. The narrator proffers the observation that except for a few photographs, Anton himself, and their names on the monument, nothing was left of Anton’s parents.

For whatever reasons, although they did not help the persecuted, bystanders felt it enough not to participate in the butchery. Although there is a considerable difference between the “butchery” performed by surgeons and the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis, Anton chooses one word to allude to the behavior of both. His experience has sensitized him to violence of all kinds, and he apparently needs to work out a sense of mastery over his past helplessness in his own experience. As he protects his patients from the memory of pain in order that anton’s story 41 42 the salutary cutting may take place, he questions his own attitude toward his memory of what happened to him on that night long ago when he was at his most helpless.

The Assault resonated with much of the Dutch reading public because it may be the quintessential story of the Dutch child who survived the occupation. Mulisch’s “achievement” (if one wishes to call it that) is two-fold: He has told a story which incorporates many or most of the elements which belong to the cultural store of collected memories of 1. Harry Mulisch standing in front of a poster-size photograph of his mother and himself. (1975) (Letterkundig Museum) anton’s story 24 the “war” as experienced, or rather, remembered, by the “average” Dutch person, and – more significantly – he has succeeded in convincingly portraying the child (the novel’s protagonist Anton Steenwijk) of a family of bystanders as a war victim.

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