The Discovery of Heaven

The Discovery of Heaven

A Novel

Book - 1997
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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.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, 1997, c1996.
ISBN: 9780140239379
0140239375
Characteristics: 730 p. ; 21 cm.

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Mar 03, 2011

This is one of my favourite novels, by one of my favourite authors.

Don't be turned off by the slow beginning. The discourse between the angels is a reference to Joost van den Vondel, the Dutch "Shakespeare" (though he didn't have Shakepeare's sense of humor). Vondel wrote a play called Lucifer, which takes place in heaven and contains many similar conversations between angels. Not necessary to know, but interesting as Mulisch often uses parody as a literary device.

The book was also made into a film recently (English spoken).

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May 12, 2011

Disillusioned with humankind, God has ordered his angels to mastermind a plan to annul his contract with humans by retrieving the Stone Tablets. The plan the angels come up with involves the creation, education and inspiration of a new "Messiah." But for it to work in this day and age, the plan must be orchestrated in such a way as to be undetectable by any of the humans it involves.

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