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Siegfried (edition 2004)

by Harry Mulisch

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Title:Siegfried
Authors:Harry Mulisch
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2004), Paperback, 192 pages
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The novel Siegfried is a short, dark meditation on Hitler, written towards the end of Mulisch's life. The distinguished, seventy-year-old Dutch writer Rudolf Herter is on a trip to Vienna as guest of the Dutch embassy to promote his thousand-page millennium-novel The invention of love (...is this starting to sound like anyone we know?) when he bumps into an elderly couple who turn out to have been employed as personal servants at the Berghof in Obersalzberg during and immediately before the war, and are in possession of a terrible secret they unaccountably want to share with a random passing novelist before they die... Mulisch uses this as the hook for a partly historical, partly metaphysical, and partly fantastic exploration of who Hitler was and why we have so much difficulty pinning him down psychologically and philosophically. Probably mostly nonsense, but very elegant and erudite nonsense, and eminently readable. ( )
  thorold | Feb 11, 2017 |
Wel goed geschreven, als je de stilistische eigenaardigheden negeert: wie gebruikt er nu leestekencombinaties als ;- midden in een zin, of allleen - en dan weer alleen ; Geen touw aan vast te knopen. Ook afleidingen van landennamen schrijft Mulisch steeds zonder hoofdletter. Het verhaal is spannend maar tegelijk zo onzinnig dat je je niet echt kunt laten meesslepen. Bovendien: de figuur van Hitler gebruiken voor een onzinnig flosofisch spelletje, is dat niet obsceen? ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
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Warum holt mich der Teufel nicht?

Bei ihm ist es bestimmt schöner als hier.


EVA BRAUN, Dagboek, 2.III.35
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Toen het landingsgestel met een dreun het beton raakte, schrok Rudolf Herter wakker uit een diepe, droomloze slaap.
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A bracing meditation on the nature of evil and a moving evocation of the human heart, Siegfried is one of Harry Mulisch?s most powerful novels. After a reading of his work, renowned Dutch author Rudolf Herter, who had recently commented in a television interview that it may be only through fiction that the uniquely evil figure of Adolf Hitler can be truly comprehended, is approached by an elderly couple. The pair reveal that as domestic servants in Hitler?s Bavarian retreat in the waning years of the war, they were witness to the jealously guarded birth of Siegfried?the son of Hitler and Eva Braun. For more than fifty years they have kept silent about the child they once raised as their own. Only now and only to Herter are they willing to reveal their astonishing story.

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"As Harry Mulisch's daring new novel opens, a renowned Dutch author, Rudolf Herter, is in Vienna, having been invited to read from his new masterwork. In a television interview, he muses about Vienna's most notorious son, asserting that it may be only through fiction that the uniquely evil figure of Adolf Hitler can be truly comprehended." "After the reading, he is approached by an elderly couple, the Falks, who have a story of their own, more terrible than anything Herter could have imagined. As domestic servants at Hitler's Bavarian retreat in the waning years of the war, they were witnesses to the jealously guarded birth of Siegfried - the son of Hitler and Eva Braun. For more than fifty years they have kept silent about the child they once raised as their own. Only now and only to Herter are they willing to reveal their astonishing story."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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