The Discovery of Heaven

The Discovery of Heaven

A Novel

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
In a philosophical novel, two friends--a cynical, cerebral blue blood obsessed by the future Onno Quist and the hedonistic astronomer haunted by the past Max Delius--are caught up in an angelic emissary' plan to clone one crucial person by the year 2000. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
On a cold night in Holland, Max Delius - a hedonist, yet a rhetorically brilliant astronomer who loves fast cars, nice clothes, and women - picks up a hitchhiker, Onno Quist, a cerebral, chaotic philologist who cannot bear the banalities of everyday life. They are like fire and water. But soon after they learn that they were conceived on the same day in 1933, it is clear that something special, even extraordinary, is about to happen.
At the center of their relationship lies the battle between humanistic values and technological progress ... and an especially radiant child, Onno's son, Quinten. Quinten's sublimity - in his beauty, intelligence, and demeanor - becomes even more apparent when, after the heavens conspire against Onno and Max, Quinten embarks on a journey that can only be completed by a child with his incredible gifts.
Abounding in philosophical, psychological, and theological inquires, yet laced with humor that is as infectious as it is wilful, The Discovery of Heaven lingers in the mind long after it has been read, offering itself up to many interpretations over time.

& Taylor

In a philosophical novel, two friends--a cynical, cerebral, blueblood obsessed by the future, and a hedonistic astronomer haunted by the past--are caught up in an angelic emissary's plan to clone one crucial person by the year 2000

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1996
ISBN: 9780670856688
Branch Call Number: FICTION MULISCH
Characteristics: 730 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Vincent, Paul (Paul F.)


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Mar 03, 2011

This is one of my favourite novels, by one of my favourite authors.

Don't be turned off by the slow beginning. The discourse between the angels is a reference to Joost van den Vondel, the Dutch "Shakespeare" (though he didn't have Shakepeare's sense of humor). Vondel wrote a play called Lucifer, which takes place in heaven and contains many similar conversations between angels. Not necessary to know, but interesting as Mulisch often uses parody as a literary device.

The book was also made into a film recently (English spoken).


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May 12, 2011

Disillusioned with humankind, God has ordered his angels to mastermind a plan to annul his contract with humans by retrieving the Stone Tablets. The plan the angels come up with involves the creation, education and inspiration of a new "Messiah." But for it to work in this day and age, the plan must be orchestrated in such a way as to be undetectable by any of the humans it involves.


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