|Assault, the (1982) [Novel]|
by Harry Mulisch
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(From the publisher):
It is the winter of 1945, the last dark days of the war in occupied Holland. A Nazi collaborator, infamous for his cruelty, is assassinated as he rides home on his bicycle. The Germans retaliate by slaughtering an innocent family: only the youngest son, twelve-year-old Anton Steenwijk, survives.
The Assault traces the complex repercussions of this nighmarish event in Anton's life. Determined to forget, he opts for a carefully normal existence — a prudent marriage, a successful career, and colorless passivity. But the past keeps breaking through, in relentless memories and in chance encounters with the other actors in the drama, until Anton finally learns what really happened that night in 1945, and why.
Original title: De Aanslag
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ World War II