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An edition of De ontdekking van de hemel (1993)

The Discovery of Heaven

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This edition was published in by Viking in New York, USA.

Written in English

730 pages

ONE OF THE MAJOR POST-WORLD WAR II EUROPEAN WORKS OF LITERATURE AND AN INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER FROM THE AOUTHOR OF THE WIDELY PRAISED THE ASSAULT AND LAST CALL

The Assault was a "triumph," wrote The New York Times Book Review; a powerful portrait of "moral devastation revealed with X-ray cunning." Last Call was hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as "impressive, subtly constructed and elegantly written...rich in scenes of great beauty and emotional power." Now Harry Mulisch has given us his magnum opus. In this rich mosaic of twentieth-century trauma, characters embody variations on friendship, loyalty, family art, history, technology, religion, fate, good and evil to compose that rare literary phenomenon - a novel of ideas that also tells an excellent story.

It is a tale in which two friends stand in contrast. On a cold night in Holland, Max Delius - a hedonist, yeat a rhetorically brillian astronomer who loves fast cars, nice clothes, and women - picks up a hitchhiker, Onno Quist, a cerebral, chaotic philologist who cannot bear the banalities of everyday life. They are like fire and water. But soon after they learn that they were conceived on the same day in 1933, it is clear that something special, even extraordinary, is about to happen.

One is haunted by the furure, the other by the past. Both are caught up in the exhaustin gstruggle against forces beyond their control. Max and Onno are inseparable...until Max meets the beautiful and gifted cellist Ada, and introduces her to Onno. At the center of their relationship lies the battle between humanistic values and technological progress...and an especially radieant child, Onno's son, Quinten. Quinten's sublimity - in his beauty, intelligence, wand demeanor, - becomes even more apparent when, after the heavens conspire agains Onno and Max, Quinten embarkes on a journey that can only be completed by a child with his incredible gifts.

Abounding in philopophical, psychological, and theological inquireies, yet laced with humour that is as infectious as it is wilful, The Discovery of Heaven lingers in the mind long after it has been read, offering itself up to many interpretations over time. Mulisch's magnificent work makes us, his readers, believe that it is possible to bring order into the chaos of the world through a story.

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Discovery of Heaven
2011, Penguin Books, Limited
in English
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De ontdekking van de hemel
2009, De Bezige Bij
Epub in Dutch
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La Découverte du ciel
2007-01-05, Gallimard
Mass Market Paperback in French / français
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The Discovery of Heaven
2004 December 2, Penguin Books
Paperback in English - Film Tie-in Ed edition
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El descubrimiento del cielo
2002 June, Tusquets
Paperback in Spanish / español
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De ontdekking van de hemel
2001, De Bezige Bij
Paperback in Dutch
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La Découverte du ciel
1999 November 10, Gallimard
Paperback in French / français
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The Discovery of Heaven
1998, Penguin Books
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The Discovery of Heaven
1997, Penguin Books
Paperback in English
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The Discovery of Heaven: a novel
1996, Viking
Hardcover in English - 1st printing
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The Discovery of Heaven
1996, Viking
Hardcover in English - printing (1)
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Die Entdeckung des Himmels: Roman
1995-09, Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag
Paperback in German / Deutsch - 1. Auflage
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De ontdekking van de hemel: Roman
1994 September, De Bezige Bij
Hardcover in Dutch - 7. druk.
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Die Entdeckung des Himmels
1993, Carl Hanser
Hardcover in German / Deutsch - printing (9)
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Die Entdeckung des Himmels: Roman
1993, Rowohlt
in German / Deutsch

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De ontdekking van de hemel

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Work Description

Dit monumentale boek, waarin alle thema's en obsessies uit het werk van Harry Mulisch in 65 hoofdstukken bijeenkomen, is tegelijk een psychologische roman, een filosofische roman, een tijdroman, een ontwikkelingsroman, een avonturenroman en een alles overkoepelend mysteriespel.

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The Discovery of Heaven

a novel

1st printing

This edition was published in by Viking in New York, USA.


Edition Description

ONE OF THE MAJOR POST-WORLD WAR II EUROPEAN WORKS OF LITERATURE AND AN INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER FROM THE AOUTHOR OF THE WIDELY PRAISED THE ASSAULT AND LAST CALL

The Assault was a "triumph," wrote The New York Times Book Review; a powerful portrait of "moral devastation revealed with X-ray cunning." Last Call was hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as "impressive, subtly constructed and elegantly written...rich in scenes of great beauty and emotional power." Now Harry Mulisch has given us his magnum opus. In this rich mosaic of twentieth-century trauma, characters embody variations on friendship, loyalty, family art, history, technology, religion, fate, good and evil to compose that rare literary phenomenon - a novel of ideas that also tells an excellent story.

It is a tale in which two friends stand in contrast. On a cold night in Holland, Max Delius - a hedonist, yeat a rhetorically brillian astronomer who loves fast cars, nice clothes, and women - picks up a hitchhiker, Onno Quist, a cerebral, chaotic philologist who cannot bear the banalities of everyday life. They are like fire and water. But soon after they learn that they were conceived on the same day in 1933, it is clear that something special, even extraordinary, is about to happen.

One is haunted by the furure, the other by the past. Both are caught up in the exhaustin gstruggle against forces beyond their control. Max and Onno are inseparable...until Max meets the beautiful and gifted cellist Ada, and introduces her to Onno. At the center of their relationship lies the battle between humanistic values and technological progress...and an especially radieant child, Onno's son, Quinten. Quinten's sublimity - in his beauty, intelligence, wand demeanor, - becomes even more apparent when, after the heavens conspire agains Onno and Max, Quinten embarkes on a journey that can only be completed by a child with his incredible gifts.

Abounding in philopophical, psychological, and theological inquireies, yet laced with humour that is as infectious as it is wilful, The Discovery of Heaven lingers in the mind long after it has been read, offering itself up to many interpretations over time. Mulisch's magnificent work makes us, his readers, believe that it is possible to bring order into the chaos of the world through a story.

--jacket description

Edition Notes

US / CAN / UK edition

Copyright Date
1996
Translation Of
De ontdekking van de hemel

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
839.3/1364
Library of Congress
PT5860.M85 O5713 1996
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https://lccn.loc.gov/96012756

Contributors

Translator
Paul Vincent

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Format
Hardcover
Pagination
730 p. ;
Number of pages
730

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Open Library
OL975678M
Internet Archive
discoveryofheave00muli
ISBN 10
0670856681
ISBN 13
9780670856688
LC Control Number
96012756
OCLC/WorldCat
815626006
Amazon UK
0670856681
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Library Thing
1518
Goodreads
1293658

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