The Discovery of Heavenby Harry Mulisch, Paul Vincent
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The Discovery of Heaven, Harry Mulisch's magnum opus, is a rich mosaic of twentieth-century trauma in which many themesfriendship, loyalty, family, art, technology, religion, fate, good, and evilsuffuse a suspenseful and resplendent narrative.
The story begins with the meeting of Onno and Max, two complicated individuals whom fate has mysteriously and magically brought together. They share responsibility for the birth of a remarkable and radiant boy who embarks on a mandated quest that takes the reader all over Europe and to the land where all such quests begin and end. Abounding in philosophical, psychological and theological inquiries, yet laced with humor that is as infectious as it is willful, The Discovery of Heaven lingers in the mind long after it has been read. It not only tells an accessible story, but also convinces one that it just might be possible to bring order into the chaos of the world through a story.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 5.38(w) x 7.94(h) x 1.57(d)
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- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Harry Mulisch is author of the international bestsellers The Assault, The Discovery of Heaven, and The Procedure, as well as other novels, short stories, essays, poetry, plays, and philosophical works.
Paul Vincent lives in London and translated Harry Mulisch's previous two novels.
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Harry Mulisch takes on life, the universe, and everything (without apology to any other writer) and creates a giant story that almost makes sense of the crazy universe we live in. With a depth of intrigue and religious mystery that was so sorely missed in pseudo-theological novels (think Dan Brown) and a heartfelt humanity that reminds me of A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Discovery of Heaven is really a discovery and exploration of the basic questions of existence. The eccentric cast of characters, caught up in a world not unlike that of the ancient Greeks, where the Gods toy with humanity for their own selfish ends, struggle to find meaning and purpose in their difficult and expansive lives. The adage "everything happens for a reason" takes on profound theological, psychological, and philosophical depth. Mulisch draws on classical mythology, religion, Freud, and literature to create a story that covers generations, decades, and continents, and at the end, leaves the reader gasping in amazement. There really are more questions than answers in life and to have a skilled novelist convey that message in a story that completely satisfies is a miracle unto itself. READ THIS BOOK!
Being Dutch, I read the book in the original language, and being a stupid technician the very intelligent parts were too much... The remaining, understandable parts for my simple soul were brilliant, an astonishing blend of truth and totaly ridiculous fiction. Many things were so very accurate and recogniseable that the fiction is taken along with is. (For me, Dutch politicians, Cuba, and the 1960's dutch decorum) Recommended to read the book BEFORE you go to the movie! Although the book counts about 800 pages, it reads in just a few days, you can't stop!
I read The Discovery of Heaven with constant delight. Page after page, I was completely charmed and stimulated by the characters, their thoughts, their exchanges and actions. The larger subtext of book (my interpretation only), which examined the intricate relationship and interconnectedness of events and people seemingly far removed from one another, fascinated me from the first moment of the serendipitous meeting of Max and Onno. This is a brilliant ride of a book!
This is my favorite book. Since reading this for the first time I have read each of Mulisch's other books, and recently returned to re-read the Discovery of Heaven. I enjoyed the book just as much, if not more, than the first time. Mulisch writes knowledgeably about a wide range of topics, each of which I found absorbing. It is a fulfilling and enjoyable read, and I doubt that I have read it for the last time.
This is such a beautiful book, everyone should read it and ideally afterwards visit Rome! I found the film slightly disappointing