Harry Mulisch (1927-2010)

“I never make things up, I just remember things that never happened.”

I have always admired this sentence by the great Dutch writer — novels, journalism, poetry, essays — who died this past Saturday. Details of his life here, and his Dutch website here. A number of his books translated into English are available. He is also the writer who defined himself by saying “I am World War II” — alluding to his parents, the father an Austrian army officer who collaborated with the Nazis during WWII in Holland, which saved his wife, a Jew, and their son during the Nazi period.

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  1. Poo says:

    An amazing quote. I have copied and filed and will send it out. Of course , I will say I made it up myself !

  2. Poo says:

    Nice Obit in The National Post today, 11/03/10 AL7. Just Google National Post and type in his name.

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