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De donkere kamer van Damokles (1958)

by Willem Frederik Hermans, Philip Freriks (Afterword), Christiaan Weijts (Contributor), Studio Ron van Roon (Cover designer), Claudia de Breij (Foreword)3 more, Christine Koole (Contributor), Frank & Maarten Meester (Contributor), Justus Johannes Enschedé (Editor)

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Title:De donkere kamer van Damokles
Authors:Willem Frederik Hermans
Other authors:Philip Freriks (Afterword), Christiaan Weijts (Contributor), Studio Ron van Roon (Cover designer), Claudia de Breij (Foreword), Christine Koole (Contributor)2 more, Frank & Maarten Meester (Contributor), Justus Johannes Enschedé (Editor)
Info:Amsterdam : Stichting Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek; 327 p, 25 p, 23 cm.;
Collections:Your library, Fictie, Literatuur, Psychologie, Roman
Rating:****
Tags:Fictie, Literatuur, Psychologie, Roman, CPNB, Nederland Leest, Dubbelganger, Duitse bezetting, Verzetsbeweging, Waandenkbeelden, WWII

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Here's another text I never previously read because of all the hype. If I'd read this back when I was 14 years old, it might've blown my mind.

This postmodern text is a (somewhat deceptively) easy, enjoyable read from which you can get more fun (if you're so inclined) by comparing discrepancies within the narrative in the final section with what allegedly occurred earlier in the text.

From the moment Dorbeck showed up, I interpreted this book the same way as suggested by the psychologist at the end. However, by that point it's become apparent that the psychological interpretation cannot be definitive, for there's a third, philosophical level of meaning in the book.
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  Frenzie | Feb 19, 2014 |
Een grandioos boek! En een echte page-turner, maar ook prachtig geschreven. Van de eerste tot de laatste bladzijde spannend en boeiend. De personen zijn erg goed uitgewerkt. Een glimp van het verhaal: een wat "ingeslapen" sigarenhandelaar komt aan het begin van de oorlog in contact met een Nederlandse militair die sprekend op hem lijkt, en die hem een aantal opdrachten gaat geven in het kader van het verzet. In de oorlog wordt de sigarenhandelaar (twee keer) door de Duitsers, en na de oorlog door de Nederlanders gearresteerd. Wat is er aan de hand? Is er sprake van een persoonsverwisseling? Wie is er "goed" en wie is er "fout"? Wie kan eigenlijk voor hem getuigen? Hij heeft een foto gemaakt van zichzelf en de opdrachtgever, in een spiegel. Zijn lot hangt af van wat er precies op die foto staat.
Hierboven heb ik een paar zaken aangegeven die spelen in het boek. Het is zo goed geschreven, dat je het niet kunt neerleggen. Omdat je nu eenmaal ook andere verplichtingen moet nakomen, liggen er tussen mijn eerste kennismaking met het boek en de laatste bladzijde toch nog enkele dagen. Ik kan me uit de laatste jaren geen boek herinneren dat me zo geboeid heeft. Destijds heb ik de film wel gezien, maar daarin is de voortdurende spanning wat er nu precies aan de hand is veel minder aanwezig. En de laatste scene uit de film komt (gelukkig!) niet in het boek voor. Kortom, ook als je de film al gezien hebt moet je het boek lezen! De vijf sterren zijn wat mij betreft ten volle verdiend. Ik ben niet zo'n liefhebber van Nederlandse litteratuur, maar dit is een zeer duidelijke uitzondering! ( )
  ReneH | Sep 26, 2013 |
I started this book once before when I was in secondary school. Couldn't get through then, so I thought I'd give it a try again. Same result I'm afraid, I just couldn't get a hold of the story.
After trying several weeks (!), I just gave up. Yesterday I brought it back to the library. Just not written for me, this book. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
Here's another text I never previously read because of all the hype. If I'd read this back when I was 14 years old, it might've blown my mind.

This postmodern text is a (somewhat deceptively) easy, enjoyable read from which you can get more fun (if you're so inclined) by comparing discrepancies within the narrative in the final section with what allegedly occurred earlier in the text.

Spoiler alert!

[spoiler]From the moment Dorbeck showed up, I interpreted this book the same way as suggested by the psychologist at the end. However, by that point it's become apparent that the psychological interpretation cannot be definitive, for there's a third, philosophical level of meaning in the book.[/spoiler] ( )
  Frenzie | Mar 11, 2013 |
The story of Henri, a tobacconist in Holland during the German occupation and subsequent WWII, is dangerous and a bit confusing. He meets Dorbeck, who gives him missions to accomplish to aid the anti-German allies. Henri is only too happy to complete these assignments, being rejected from the army. Strangely, he and Dorbeck look nearly identical, the only exception being their hair color. Henri is captured by various factions and his identity is questioned repeatedly, though no one can locate the elusive Dorbeck. I don't normally enjoy WWII-based fiction, but this wasn't bogged down with military references and combat tactics. It was a fun ride.

Food: German warm potato salad, the first time I had it. I didn't expect to like it, as most potato salad leaves me cold, and I went back for seconds. The flavor was intriguing and I couldn't quite tell what spices were in it. ( )
  amaryann21 | Oct 18, 2012 |
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Breij, Claudia delofredesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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During the German occupation of Holland, Tobacconist Henri Osewoudt is visited by Dorbeck. Dorbeck is Osewoudt's spitting image in reverse. Henri is blond & beardless with a high voice; Dorbeck is dark-haired, & his voice is deep. Dorbeck gives Osewoudt a series of dangerous assignments: helping British agents & eliminating traitors.… (more)

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