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A singular that probes ethical devastation following a Nazi retaliation in a Dutch city. The Assault has been translated and released to nice severe acclaim all through Europe and within the United States.

It is the wintry weather of 1945, the final darkish days of the ware in occupied Holland. A Nazi collaborator, notorious for his cruelty, is assassinated as he rides on his bicycle. The Germans retaliate by way of slaughtering an blameless kinfolk: basically the youngest son, twelve-year-old Anton, survives.

The attack traces the advanced repercussions of this nightmarish occasion on Anton's lifestyles. decided to not disregard, he opts for a delicately general existence—a prudent marriage, a winning occupation, and colorless passivity. however the prior retains breaking via, in relentless stories and in likelihood encounters with the opposite actors within the drama, until eventually Anton ultimately learns what quite occurred that evening in 1945, and why.

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