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Subject: Dutch Author Harry Mulisch (83)

Written By: Henk on 10/31/10 at 4:15 pm

Acclaimed Dutch author Harry Mulisch died Saturday, October 30, in his Amsterdam home. He had been seriously ill for some time.

Harry Kurt Victor Mulisch (born July 29, 1927) was considered one of the "Great Three" of Dutch postwar literature, along with Willem Frederik Hermans (1921 - 1995) and Gerard Reve (1923 - 2006). He wrote novels, plays, essays, poems and philosophical reflections.

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. During the German occupation in World War II he worked for a German bank, which also dealt with confiscated Jewish assets. 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. Due to the curious nature of his parents' positions, Mulisch claimed that he was the Second World War. Mulisch was mostly raised by his parents' housemaid, Frieda Falk.

Mulisch gained international recognition with the movie De Aanslag (The Assault), (1986) which was based on his eponymous book. It received an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best foreign movie and has been translated into more than twenty languages.

His novel De ontdekking van de Hemel (1992) was filmed in 2001 as The Discovery of Heaven by Jeroen Krabbé, starring Stephen Fry.


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