The Discovery of Heaven

Novel by Harry Mulisch
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Blurb

Dutch novelist Harry Mulisch has created an epic tale of love, friendship, and divine intervention in this cerebral story of heavenly influence. On earth, the novel revolves around the friendship of a brilliant, charismatic astronomer and a talented linguist born on the same day. The two men also happen to share a lover, a woman of simple beauty who is a gifted cellist. These relationships, both intellectual and intimate, produce several intriguing conversations about science, art, and theology, and a child of uncertain paternity. The child's birth is closely followed by a number of mysterious accidents, spirited affairs, untimely deaths, and other acts that reveal the influence of higher powers. Quinten, the star-fated child, has a mission from on high to return the covenant God made with man before he was led astray by science and the dark influence of the devil. An engrossing, and at times comic, story of theology and science, angels, and earthly desires, is cleverly told in this hugely ambitious novel.

First Published

1992

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karl-heinz.hamacher

Karl-heinz.hamacher

Die Liebe, schon wieder die Liebe. Mulisch beschreibt eine Zeit, die Liebe, eine Dreiecksgeschichte und erzählt vom Scheitern.

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frederik.werner

Frederik.werner

Besonders anfangs eine Welt in die man sehr gerne eintaucht. Exotische Handlungsstränge, berührende und schöngeistige Dialoge, authentische Charaktere.. Später jedoch wird es etwas wirr, die Handlung verliert ein bisschen das Ziel, das Ende war für mich nur noch bizarr... Leider. Zu Beginn dachte ich noch dies wäre eins der besten Bücher die ich bisher gelesen habe, die Komplexität der Handlung war verzaubernd, hat dann jedoch später an Beweglichkeit eingebüst.

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