by Harry Mulisch
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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It was the winter of 1945, the last dark days of the Second World War in the occupied territories of Holland.A Nazi collaborator, infamous for his cruelty, is murdered as he rides the house on his bicycle.The Germans, in retaliation, burn down the house of an innocent family; only twelve years Anton survivesBased on real events, to The Assault of the complex traces repercussions of this horrible incident on Anton’s lifeDetermined to forget, that he carefully chooses a normal existence: a careful marriage, a successful career, and colorless, passivityBut the past continues to break, relentless in memories and in encounters with others who were involved in the assassination and its consequences, until Anton finally learns what really happened that night, in 1945, and why
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