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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There was a chilly sea breeze blowing; stars appeared and disappeared between black, scudding clouds. Quinten is to find the tablets, and his two fathers continue to play a role in helping him get there, first Max, the Onno. We do warn readers that it is a big, weighty ths, covering the big themes — something that is not always appreciated by thw.

Open Preview See a Problem? Trees Quist Nicholas Palliser The overall tone is also harrry, though it never lapses into the comic. The Discovery of Heaven is, vaguely, a theological novel. Have you ever heard of Camus? He said it was the most famous book in Holland. It almost seems a convoluted blending of a modernist response to postmodernity with a simultaneous postmodern response to modernity.

And then there’s the whole Ryder Cup thing. Dit keer duurde het ook even voordat ik eraan gewend was, maar vervolg Lastig, hier iets over te zeggen, of over te vinden.

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It’s drumroll, pleasethe, uh, Ark of the Covenant, and the Ten Commandments. Audible Download Audio Books. They can hold Mulisch in awe all they want, but that doesn’t change the fact that this book is actually much more shallow than people think it is.


View all 17 comments. But the situation is no longer in his control. I have not read this im sorry I didn’t mean to rate this help. More moving still is the fact that the characters, blinded by their faith in reason, thought they were masters of their own destinies.


Quinten has gone into a hallucinative state. Voor dat soort gedachten kun je eigenlijk alleen bij de literatuur terecht. Nu staan we er alleen voor en moeten we zelf maar de zin gaan verzinnen. The characterisation, the humour, and the vast wealth of knowledge were an absolute joy for such a prolonged amount of time.

He goes to Italy. I didnt finish it Max is also haunted by his family history.

Accordingly and this only really emerges in the later stages God has decided to remove the 10 Commandments from earth and take them back to heaven and then leave earth to its own devices. Although nearly everything has changed, their friendship still seems very strong.

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Oct 05, Sanjeev rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Een betere verteller kan je je niet wensen, niet waar? Wel kan ik de lezer van dit tekstje vertellen dat het een werkelijk breinboek is.

No novelist in recent times has depicted the crisis in modern industrial society so accurately, and certainly not in such an extremely entertaining and witty way.

The problem, the divines feel, is that the emergence of the scientific method and the resulting explosion in human knowledge actually threatens their superiority. Onno, his friend, is a brilliant linguist prone to postulate all sorts of linguistic theories and other theories as well, such as his idea that the reason certain people gain astounding political power is purely bodily it sounds mad, until you read the rather convincing argument.


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It is not a book to be taken lightly as it requires time to be set aside for it. How charming is that? All the paths he has taken in his previous work come together in this page novel. De tragische wending hier is uiteraard dat met de terugkeer van het testimonium naar de hemel wij natuurlijk geen hoop meer hebben op verdere Goddelijke plannen.

In the words of the angel itself: Onno and Max’s personalities are highly complementary. And the character range is limited: May 21, Jeske rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s not terrible so far, but it is a bit heavy-handed. There are four sections to the novel, each opening with a conversation between two angels.

En die gedachte klinkt duidelijk door in allerlei uitspraken in De ontdekking van de hemel, met name uitsparen over techniek als een ‘pact met de duivel’. Zeker zoals Mulisch het opschrijft. In a sort of dream world, filled with references to Jewish mysticism, he returns to the Dome of the Rock with the stone tablets.

Through their discussions we find that humanity via Francis Bacon made a pact with the devil — in which he gave them scientific progress. It was recommended to me by a dutch dude that was staying at the same campground in Italy as I was.