A modern day masterpiece and the most critically acclaimed Dutch novel of the 20th centuryâ?finally available in English and shortlisted by Three Percent as one of the best translated books of 2008 During the German occupation of Holland, tobacconist Henri Osewoudt is visited by a man named Dorbeck, who strangely proves to be Osewoudtâ's spitting image in reverse. Dorbeck assigns Osewoudt to commit a series of dangerous assignments, but things quickly go awry, with Osewouldt eventually killing his own wife. After the war, Osewoudt is taken for a traitor and captured. Osewoudt cannot prove that he received assignments from Dorbeckâ?he cannot even prove that his doppelganger ever existed. As it forces readers to confront questions of morality and power, right and wrong, The Darkroom of Damocles builds to a stunning conclusion.
During the German occupation of Holland during World War II, Henri Osewoudt, the owner of a tobacco shop, is recruited by a shadowy figure who appears to be his exact opposite to help the Allies murder Dutch traitors. Soon his assassinations have spiraled out of control--even his own wife has become a suspected target. In the aftermath of the war, Henri himself is accused of treachery, and he desperately attempts to track down his recruiter to clear his name--but no evidence of him can be found, even the photograph Henri had of him seems to have changed. This 1958 novel brilliantly captures the paranoia of war, challenging the reader to decide if Henri is caught in the gears of a Kafkaesque misunderstanding, or if he is merely a deranged killer.
- Fiction + Literature Themes
- Conflicts + Dualities, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Types of Characters, Politics, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, War + Military
- Overlook Pr
- October 27, 2009
- October 27, 2009
- Willem Frederik Hermans