Synopses & Reviews
The Discovery of Heaven
, Harry Mulisch's magnum opus, is a rich mosaic of twentieth-century trauma in which many themes
friendship, loyalty, family, art, technology, religion, fate, good, and evil
suffuse 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.
The internationally-renowned author of "The Assault" delivers a rich mosaic of 20th-century trauma in which many themes--loyalty, friendship, family, art, fate, good and evil--suffuse a suspenseful and resplendent narrative.
About 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.