The Discovery Of Heaven

Paperback | November 1, 1997

byHarry MulischTranslated byPaul Vincent

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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.

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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

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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...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:736 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 1.6 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140239375

ISBN - 13:9780140239379

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! The Discovery of Heaven is provocative and profound. The book's brilliant characters discuss religion, philosophy, ethics and politics in a way that shapes the book into a masterpiece. The author's frequent tangents display a wide and varried understanding of the world. Perhaps most important of all, however, The Discovery of Heaven is blessed with the story of the greatest friendship of all time.
Date published: 2003-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literature at its best This magnificent work encompasses profound topics including the meaning and origins of life, music as it leads to all things, and the most wonderful philosophy behind astrophysics since Bohr and Einstein. Highly recommended, the best dialogue I have read since the Karamasov Brothers!
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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