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Last Call
     

Last Call

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by Harry Mulisch
 

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"This is the highest kind of achievement of which fiction is capable. . . . Ranks with the finest European fiction of recent years."—The Christian Science Monitor

Uli Bouwmeester is a retired variety artiste who spends his days whiling away his time. Out of the blue, an invitation arrives to play the leading part in a new drama at the Actor's Theater

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"This is the highest kind of achievement of which fiction is capable. . . . Ranks with the finest European fiction of recent years."—The Christian Science Monitor

Uli Bouwmeester is a retired variety artiste who spends his days whiling away his time. Out of the blue, an invitation arrives to play the leading part in a new drama at the Actor's Theater in Amsterdam, and he is flung with a vengeance from the monotony of life in the suburbs into the reality of the 1980s. All goes well until a television crew arrives to interview Uli, revealing a secret from his past that threatens not only the success of the theater's enterprise but also Uli's life.

"In his corner of Europe, Dutch novelist Harry Mulisch is creating some of the more haunting, provocative fiction to emerge from the continent in the past decade."—New York Newsday

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mulisch has hit full stride as a writer with this latest novel set in contemporary Amsterdam. As in the critically praised The Assault , he is fascinated by the relationship between light and dark, reality and illusion. Uli Bouwmeester, an aging variety artiste, is asked by the director of a playwrights' collective to star in a new play. Hurricane combines a modern drama about the final performance of Pierre de Vries, a famous turn-of-the-century actor, with scenes from The Tempest in which de Vries played Prospero. Uli, in the meantime, is coming to life. To a washed-up actor, a former Nazi collaborator who lives with his elderly sister, the opportunity seems like redemption. As rehearsals progress, Uli becomes so absorbed in his role that the line between theatrical illusion and reality is breached. In one eerie sequence, he literally descends into the bowels of the earth and finds himself in the arms of a transvestite. Mulisch has created a richly textured work, a vivid portrait of modern-day Amsterdam. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Eighty-year-old Uli is acting the part of his life in the Authors' Theater production of Hurricane . Although his career had ended when it was discovered that he had performed for occupation troops and later in Germany, now he has been resurrected to play an aged actor, perhaps himself, and Prospero, the Tempest's sorcerer and star of the play within the play. Even his sister Bert, with whom he lives, gets caught up in the excitement. Thus, two stages of reality are already in place as this imaginative novel opens, but then in come three gambling hoodlums, a love-starved transsexual nurse, and a narrator who comments on everything. While the opening is tedious, once Last Call gets its many realities established, readers are treated to a virtuoso performance. This novel clearly earns Mulisch and Dutch fiction a wider audience. Paul E. Hutchison, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140116618
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1991
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
9.93(w) x 5.25(h) x 0.68(d)

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.

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