Harry Mulisch

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Harry Kurt Victor Mulisch (July 29, 1927 – October 30, 2010[1]) was a Dutch author. He wrote more than 30 novels, plays, essays, poems and philosophical reflections.[1] These have been translated into at more than 20 languages.[2]

Along with W.F. Hermans and Gerard Reve, Mulisch is considered one of the "Great Three" of Dutch postwar literature. His novel The Assault became a 1986 film which won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.[3] A 2007 poll revealed his 1992 novel The Discovery of Heaven as the "Best Dutch Book Ever".[4] He was regularly thought of as a possible future Nobel laureate.[4]

Mulisch was associated with accessories such as his spectacles and pipe.[4]

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Life

Mulisch was born in Haarlem and lived in Amsterdam from 1958, following the death of his father in 1957, until the end of his own life. Mulisch's father was from Austria-Hungary and emigrated to the Netherlands after the First World War.[1] During the German occupation in World War II his father worked for a German bank, which also dealt with confiscated Jewish assets.[1] His mother, Alice Schwarz, was Jewish. Mulisch and his mother escaped transportation to a concentration camp thanks to Mulisch's father's collaboration with the Nazis, however his maternal grandmother died in a gas chamber.[1] Mulisch was mostly raised by his parents' housemaid, Frieda Falk.[1] Mulisch said of himself, he did not just write about World War II, he was WWII.[1]

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