The Discovery of Heaven. Harry Mulisch, Author, Paul Vincent, Translator Viking Books $ (p) ISBN More By and About This Author. A review and a link to other reviews of The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch . Onno, an amateur philologist obsessed by the Phaistos Disk, comes from one of the Netherland’s leading political families.

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Philosophical, political, to an extent theological, the novel is also an excellent narrative in and of itself. April Ov how and when to remove this template message. All the name-dropping, the forced plot-twists and cardboard characters, the overly obv Massively overrated.

He visits Venice and Florence but through meetings with strange people, he is forced to tye both cities. Onno’s mother Nettie Blanken How very intriguing, thought I.

Is it a suitable read for a teen, 15? The kulisch triangle with Ada, her coma, and ultimately anticlimactic death tear at the heartstrings.

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Retrieved 11 April In Cuba, Max and Onno are mistaken for the Dutch delegation to a revolutionary conference, which they attend more as a joke than anything else. Harry Kurt Victor Mulisch along with W.

Die nogal pessimistische visie doordesemt ook het verhaalverloop: En wat ik nu echt van het einde denk I made it through about pages before realizing that the story wasn’t building up to ANYTHING, and that there were entire chapters that were simply vehicles I wish there was some way I could get all the time I invested in this ridiculous masturbation-session of a novel back.

When Max returns he sees his best friend with his former girlfriend, but he accepts this change. Een weetje, dat over de informatie die uit signalen van lichtjaren verwijderde sterren kan worden gehaald, wordt door Mulisch omgedraaid naar de “historioscoop”waarmee biivoorbeeld naar gebeurtenissen in WOII zou kunnen worden gekeken.


Eventually a child is delivered: Prachtig boek kortom, dus ik ben blij dat ik het heb herlezen. Just like Hugo Claus the king of Flemish literatureMulisch the king of literature in the Netherlands seems to lapse into automatisms: From what I remember, it starts with the relationship between two friends as they vie for the same woman.

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He becomes obsessed with the place and with mulisvh role of the stone tablets in Christianity and Judaism. What a magnificent book! In De ontdekking van de hemel Mulisch pulls out all the stops and writes on all possible levels: Max is also haunted by his family history.


The whip and the snakes were the best part. All the name-dropping, the forced plot-twists and cardboard characters, the overly obvious symbolism, the pushy metaphysics: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

When they meet each other in they immediately become intimate friends. The book provides devastating criticisms of religion, politics, and the to-hell-in-a-handbasket trajectory of humanity. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Last part of the book is the quest of Ouentin firstly to find his father and then to locate a mysterious Citadel he sees in his dreams.

The Discovery of Heaven

There is, of course, always the danger that when a writer uses religiomythological elements metaphorically his intent will be misunderstood by eiscovery still limited by a superstitious worldview.

But it is also a story of people, their sufferings and their joys. De ontdekking van de hemel is a novel of unusual magnitude and greatness.

May 21, Jeske rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ik hou van literatuur die mijn verwondering voedt, en in De ontdekking van de hemel doet Mulisch dat op wel heel ijzersterke manier. Feb 10, Hyacinth rated it did not discoovery it Shelves: For that he must find Onno, who has first become involved in politics and then become a kind of hermit, and the two of them must travel first to Rome and then to Jerusalem — to undo the covenant God made with man.


Ada, however, is badly hurt and falls into a coma, but the child she is carrying has survived. And there are the characters: Max’s mother, a Jewish woman, was purportedly diiscovery in Auschwitzon instigation of his father, an Austrian officer in the Wehrmacht.

Er staan prachtige zinnen in het boek en heqven interessante filosofische beschouwi Gelukt! Onno, who is absorbed by his political career, only infrequently visits his son. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch

Mulisch allowed his novel be adopted for film on condition that the English comedian Stephen Fry play Onno Quist. Zoals bekend kijk er o. Het is niet echt een slobberboek om mee weg te kwijnen, noch een thriller om je bij de lurven te vatten, noch een hartverwarmend liefdesverhaal. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. It’s not terrible so far, but it is a bit heavy-handed.

Het is ook nog eens een momumentaal verhaal over een vriendschap: Yet the paradox is namely this: De vriendschap van Onno en Max is even ontroerend als hilarisch, en de jongensachtige fascinatie van Max en later Quinten voor de raadsels van het heelal is ongelofelijk aanstekelijk.

Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title? Looking for More Great Reads? The divine being, however, cannot himself travel to Earth, and on several occasions in the book resorts to influencing events, being in effect a deliberate personification of deus ex machina.