Harry Mulisch, Siegfried
Presentation of the novel Siegfried by Harry Mulisch, who is currently the most renowned Dutch writer.
Harry Mulisch (born in 1927) had a complicated childhood: he was the son of a German Jewish mother and a father employed in a Nazi bank. It was nevertheless his father's sympathies with the Nazis that allowed him to avoid having his wife and son deported.
Self-taught, Harry Mulisch published his first novel, Archibald Strohalm, of mystical mysticism inspiration, which mixed real and supernatural elements in 1952. The Second World War remained a defining experience in Mulisch's life: he writes of it in The Stone Bridal Bed (1959), The Assault (1982) - the first Dutch novels to have sold over a million copies throughout the world and adapted for the cinema in 1986 - and even Siegfried( 2000). He also wrote an essay on the Eichmann trial in Case 40/61 in 1961.
His writing mixed fiction, theology (The Procedure, in 1998, interrogates the reader about the origin of the creation of the world) and philosophy. In 2007, his novel The Discovery of Heaven was voted the best Dutch novel of all time.