Pantheon Books, Paperback, 9780394744209, 185pp.
Publication Date: March 12, 1986
Based on actual events, The Assaulttraces the complex repercussions of this horrific incident on Anton's life. Determined to forget, he opts for a carefully normal existence: a prudent marriage, a successful career, and colorless passivity. But the past keeps breaking through, in relentless memories and in chance encounters with others who were involved in the assassination and its aftermath, until Anton finally learns what really happened that night in 1945 and why.
“A beautiful and powerful work…takes its place among the finest European fiction of our time.”
“A political thriller that removes the postwar scar tissue protecting society…a psychological thriller probing the moral devastation between neighbors, fellow students, husbands and wives…It is Mr. Mulisch’s triumph to have revealed all this…with an x-ray cunning.”
—The New York Times Book Review