by Harry Mulisch
Henry Mulisch’s famous book, The Assault, delves into the all-too-present past of WWII, and the final days of the Nazi occupation in Holland. When a Nazi collaborator is murdered, retaliation is swift, although the punishment seems to fall on an innocent family. The novel follows the family’s lone survivor, who attempts to carry on living by expunging these painful memories. But as the past refuses to be dormant, he must reconcile himself with it.