Harry Mulisch was a Dutch writer of more than 80 novels, plays, essays, poems, and philosophical reflections.
Winner of the Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren (Prize of Dutch Literature, a lifetime achievement award) in 1995, Mulisch’s works have been translated into over thirty languages. Along with Willem Frederik Hermans and Gerard Reve, Mulisch is considered one of the ‘Great Three’ (De Grote Drie) of Dutch postwar literature. His novel The Assault (1982) was adapted into a film that won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award and the book was translated into over twenty languages.
Mulisch’s work is also popular among his country’s public: a 2007 poll voted his novel The Discovery of Heaven (1992) the greatest Dutch book ever written and in 2001 it was adapted for film, starring Stephen Fry.
Harry Mulisch was shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize in 2007.