De donkere kamer van Damokles

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De donkere kamer van Damokles go inside Ebook “Wat is een held? Iemand die straffeloos onvoorzichtig is geweest.”― Willem Frederik Hermans, De donkere kamer van Damokles Can you read the above quote? Most people can't since it is written in Dutch. One big reason William Fredrick Hermans (1921-1925) isn't a well know as other authors of his generation, say, Heinrich Böll, William Trevor or Alain Robbe-Grillet. Willem Frederik Hermans's novel of intrigue and espionage is told not in first person narrative but has the quality of first person narrative since the story follows one Henri Osewoudt so closely the reader looks over Osewoudt's shoulder throughout the entire novel. Occasionally the narrator conveys Osewoudt's thoughts and feeling, but it's the fast-paced action driving the story told in short unnumbered chapters, short chapters fueling a keen sense of urgency as the story unfolds in twists and turns. Hermans employs simple linear progression with no flash-backs or other time shifts - events happen as Osewoudt experiences them, starting when, after his mad mother murders his father, Osewoudt, a boy of thirteen, is sent to Amsterdam to live with his aunt and uncle and nineteen year old cousin.About five years pass and Osewoudt marries his cousin, moves back to his father's tobacco shop and is pressed into becoming an active member of the Dutch underground fighting against the Nazis in 1939. Osewouldt is the opposite of a Hollywood-style handsome hero; the author describes him as follows: "A diminutive freak, a toad reared upright. His nose was more of a button than a nose. And his eyes, even when not focusing, seemed forever narrowed, as if he could only leer, not look normally. His mouth recalled the kind of orifice through which the lowest forms of life ingest their food, not a mouth that could laugh or talk." Perhaps the author wants us to experience, reflect, and consider events happening in Nazi occupied Netherlands with a cool objective clarity rather than rooting for an attractive main character.A man named Dorbeck recruits Osewoudt into the Dutch underground. Dorbeck has a military background and gives orders as the person squarely in charge. Turns out, Dorbeck is the same height and build as Osewoudt, and, other than the black hair and a beard to shave, looks exactly like Osewouldt. Durbeck becomes the center of Osewoudt's life and identify, in a very real sense Dorbeck is Osewoudt's double, his Doppelgänger.After years in the underground, Osewoudt tells his girlfriend, "But I can only obey Dorbeck, and no one forced me. . . . I had no skills, no ambition. It wasn't until I met Dorbeck that I felt I wanted something, if only to be like Dorbeck, if only to want the same things as he did. And wanting the same thing as someone else is a step up from not wanting anything." As the story progresses we come to see just how tight the grip Dorbeck has on Osewoudt.Other than Dorbeck, his leader and contact (and also his idol), Osewoudt moves in a spy versus spy world where nothing is certain and there isn't a person alive who can be trusted completely: identities and names continually shift and change, indeed, Osewoudt changes names on more than one occasion and at one point dyes his fair hair black and at another point wears the uniform of a nurse.. One meaning of the book's title, The Darkroom of Damocles, can be taken as the state of an entire country under foreign military occupation: at any moment, the Damoclean sword held by a thread hanging over one's head can drop and one can find oneself interrogated under a spotlight, taken away to prison, or standing in front of a firing squad.Toward the end of the novel when held prisoner by the Dutch authorities and exasperated in his attempt to prove his innocence, Osewoudt says, "Everything I've ever done is slipping through my fingers! The people I worked with during the war are all either dead or missing, and even the streets I used to know no longer exist. It's beyond belief. I feel I'm in a different world, where no one will believe me. What am I to do? How in God's name can I ever justify myself at this rate." What a quagmire - trying to explain and justify and prove events happening within the world of war retrospectively in a time of peace.. De donkere kamer van Damokles vertelt het verhaal van Henri Osewoudt, sigarenhandelaar te Voorschoten Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog ontmoet hij de verzetsman Dorbeck, die sprekend op hem lijkt op n ding na, dat hij zwart haar heeft terwijl Osewoudt blond is, en die hem opdrachten geeft die hij gewillig uitvoert.Na de bezetting lijkt alles zich tegen hem te keren en worDe donkere kamer van Damokles vertelt het verhaal van Henri Osewoudt, sigarenhandelaar te Voorschoten Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog ontmoet hij de verzetsman Dorbeck, die sprekend op hem lijkt op n ding na, dat hij zwart haar heeft terwijl Osewoudt blond is, en die hem opdrachten geeft die hij gewillig uitvoert.Na de bezetting lijkt alles zich tegen hem te keren en wordt hij gekwalificeerd als fantast en landverrader Hij tracht wanhopig het tegendeel te bewijzen.. The best Books De donkere kamer van Damokles Surface All the Way ThroughAfter reading the first 20 pages or so of Hermans's Darkroom of Damocles, I began to suspect a problem with the English translation. The text is spare to the point of aridity with hardly any description of people or places. Similarly, there is no psychological commentary; motives, reflections, emotions are unstated. Dialogue is presented more like a punching match than a conversation. Sentences are terse; paragraphs are short. Transitions are unexpected and somewhat discontinuous, as if in response to interview questions which have been omitted. The cadence of the writing is unremitting: this happened; then this happened; then this happened - with sometimes disconcerting non-sequiturs. No digressions, no speculation, no deviation from the determined trajectory of the story. The book often reads in English almost like one written by an aspiring teen-ager, or a policeman in his notebook, rather than an experienced author.But Ina Rilke is one the most experienced and honoured translators of Dutch literature. To the extent any translation can express the core of the original, Rilke's can't be improved upon. In the colophon the mystery is solved. Although published in English in 2007, the book was originally published in Dutch a half-century earlier. Darkroom, in other words, is an example of a very specific, very Dutch mid-twentieth century genre of somewhat advanced, even experimental, popular literature. As far as I am aware, nothing like it exists in contemporary English-language literature. I don't know if this genre has a name inside or outside The Netherlands, but it is certainly a type with a particular character and sophistication. And a type of which Hermans's Darkroom provides a leading example.The effect of Hermans's style is one of an abrupt but comprehensible dream-like movement from scene to scene. The writing is clearly meant to jolt, to cause an eddy in the flow of the reader's concentration. Hermans supplies little backstory or historical context. He keeps the reader in precisely the same position of ignorance as that of the young protagonist who is never adequately informed of the circumstances of his father's death or his mother's involvement in it. The repetitions appear like practice re-tellings to get the story down pat. What parts of this tale are true? What is being left out? It is as if he is insisting to the reader, "This is the situation, you don't need to know more now, deal with it." On the other hand Holland, arguably the primary subject, is portrayed insistently as a 'twee' country. There is a certain intimacy adopted immediately between Dutch characters. There is no need to explain things because "we all know the score." Coincidence is almost a rule of this compulsive intimacy. The action shifts from city to city in Holland as if they were part of the same local neighbourhood. People keep running into each other, or their friends or acquaintances. Delivering a basket of cherries from a greengrocer in Amsterdam to a prison in The Hague is apparently no trouble at all. Zipping down to to Utrecht or out to Lunteren, or up from Leiden on the spur of the moment in the middle of the war is a snap. Complex messages are breathlessly communicated to virtual strangers with an expectation of complete discretion and immediate compliance. There are occasional German-sympathisers but they are easily identified deftly ostracised. Surprisingly, this all works quite well once the stance and rhythm of the piece is accepted. The story then becomes quite irresistible.Perhaps the best way to characterise Hermans's rather cinematic technique is that it shares much with several films by Alfred Hitchcock, North by Northwest in particular. There is a nostalgic realism of place as in Hitchcock: the blue intercity trams, disappearing as Hermans wrote; references to places like the Ypenberg airfield, now lying under the junction of the A4 and A12 highways; the still extant 19th century burgelijke houses on the canals in Leiden as well as one or two somewhat louche but long-standing hotels in Amsterdam. The protagonist (and therefore the reader) lurches from confusion to confusion; the situation is muddled; nothing he does yields clarification but only enmeshes him more deeply in a greater mystery. The constant theme of his (and his country's) situation is ambiguity. Is he a dupe, a fool, a patriotic hero, a Walter Mitty wannabe? Hermans, like Hitchcock, isn't telling without some work by the reader. The growing suspense isn't about who-done-it? but what-does-this-all-mean? And fortunately, also like Hitchcock, Hermans ultimately delivers.
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  1. Willem Frederik Hermans is one of the greatest post war Dutch authors Before devoting his entire life to writing, Hermans had been teaching Physical Geography at the University of Groningen for many years He had already started writing and publishing in magazines at a young age His polemic and provocative style led to a court case as early as 1952 His caustic pieces were compiled in Mandarijnen op zwavelzuur Mandarines in Sulphuric Acid, 1963 , which was reprinted with additions a number of times It is Hermans s belief that in order to survive people have to create their own reality It is inevitable that all these experiences of reality will collide Language is essential to create order out of chaos and plays an important role in this process In his essays on Wittgenstein, Hermans studied this problem in depth In his novels and stories Hermans places his characters in a world of certainty for themselves but equivocal for the reader It is in this field of tension that the intrigue in De tranen der acacia s Acacia s Tears, 1949 and in De donkere kamer van Damocles The Darkroom of Damocles, 1958 develops Although stories such as Moedwil en misverstand Malice and Misunderstanding and Paranoia have a surrealistic tendency, Hermans novels The Darkroom Of Damocles, Nooit meer slapen Beyond Sleep , Uit talloos veel miljoenen From Countless Millions are realistic or satirical and everything in his rich oeuvre is subordinate to the author s pessimistic philosophy.

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  1. Wat is een held Iemand die straffeloos onvoorzichtig is geweest Willem Frederik Hermans, De donkere kamer van Damokles Can you read the above quote Most people can t since it is written in Dutch One big reason William Fredrick Hermans 1921 1925 isn t a well know as other authors of his generation, say, Heinrich B ll, William Trevor or Alain Robbe Grillet Willem Frederik Hermans s novel of intrigue and espionage is told not in first person narrative but has the quality of first person narrative s [...]

  2. Surface All the Way ThroughAfter reading the first 20 pages or so of Hermans s Darkroom of Damocles, I began to suspect a problem with the English translation The text is spare to the point of aridity with hardly any description of people or places Similarly, there is no psychological commentary motives, reflections, emotions are unstated Dialogue is presented like a punching match than a conversation Sentences are terse paragraphs are short Transitions are unexpected and somewhat discontinuous [...]

  3. De diffuse tegenstelling tussen de werkelijkheid en de schijnbare werkelijkheid komt in deze roman goed naar voren door het motief van de dubbelganger Omdat Osewoudt wat betreft innerlijk n uiterlijk hij verft zijn haar zwart steeds meer op Dorbeck gaat lijken, wordt minder duidelijk wie wat gedaan heeft en wat de werkelijkheid is Hermans laat de lezer in verwarring, wat zijn wereldbeeld typeert Volwassen geworden in de Tweede Wereldoorlog, is Hermans van mening dat wij in een chaotische wereld [...]

  4. Op een bepaald moment was het onrustwekkend gevoel dat dit boek opwekt zodanig sterk geworden dat ik echt de moed moest zoeken om nog verder te lezen Ik zat toen op 1 3 van het boek Want wat gebeurt er allemaal, wie heeft welke rol, waarom lijkt alles elkaar zo tegen te spreken, waarom al die gebeurtenissen zonder samenhang, hoe, waarom, waarom, hoe Als een koortsdroom waar je niet uit geraakt, en waarvan je kleine teentje al snel voorspelt dat het nooit goed kan aflopen.Pure waanzin in een boek [...]

  5. The discovery of the self and our potential is a hard journey especially when a psychological feeling of ineptness resides so deeply within While we have our teachers and competitors to thank for such realisations, our protagonist lil ol Henri is not quite so fortunate Through a lone serendipitous event, like dominos set in motion to befall one another, he becomes a new man after taking a series of instructions, blindly I d say, to test his mettle and thus so proving himself to be no less than t [...]

  6. Milan Kundera offers a compound blurb for The Darkroom of Damocles I read it in a single sitting and a thriller during which the suspense never flags While I agree with the first sentiment I read the final 270 pages in an evening the second claim is elusive Detailing the occupation resistance dynamic in the Netherlands during WW II, W.F Hermans unleashes a nightmare where his unsettling protagonist Osewoundt O takes up arms against the Germans and finds than traces of evil in his own soul The [...]

  7. I must confess that I expected The Darkroom of Damocles to be a dark and difficult book The title, the description of the author as one of the most important Western European authors to emerge from the postwar period , and that oh so dark cover all suggested that to me.But I was wrong This is a terribly readable book, simply, clearly and very well written, and it is very easy to keep turning the pages to see what happens It s almost a case of serious literary meets gripping thriller And I should [...]

  8. Geweldig stukje literatuur dat ik veel te laat ontdekt heb.De manier waarop Hermans ons continue aan het denken zet, in dit geval over Henri Osewoudt, is magnifiek Hij zet ons op het verkeerde been en is in staat een vari teit aan emoties bij de lezer op te roepen Het leest als een literaire thriller maar het is zoveel meer dan dat Prachtig geschreven, goed gestructureerd en een verhaal vanjewelste Geweldig atmosferisch en er zitten beschrijvingen van ongekend niveau in Na het lezen van dit boek [...]

  9. A possibly great book which unfortunately let itself get a little flabby and out of shape I found that, after a few hundred pages, I simply stopped caringIt is written in a plain, airport thriller prose style so I was unable even to submerge myself in its language An interesting concept, and worth a read, but I was unable to get excited about it and was to be honest rather glad when I had finished.

  10. Dit boek is verontrustend, triest, verwarrend en hilarisch, zolang je over een pikzwarte humor beschikt Een normale roman, hoe duister die ook mag zijn, verschaft de lezer meestal toch met wat sprankjes hoop Hermans doet dat niet Je wordt op geen enkel moment getroost Dat is een frustrerende leeservaring totdat je twee dingen leert 1 dat het echte leven inderdaad oneindig triest kan zijn en 2 dat dat eigenlijk geweldig grappig is Het taalgebruik is niet bloemrijk en de zinnen zijn doorgaans niet [...]

  11. De warhoofdige filosofen die onze westerse beschaving gemaakt hebben, die dachten dat er verschil was tussen schuld en onschuld Maar ik zeg in een wereld waar iedereen de doodstraf krijgt, daar kan er geen verschil tussen onschuld en schuld bestaan Aan bed gekluisterd drie volle dagen voor het Hermans peloton staan dan kun je geen kant meer op Vijf sterren.

  12. Iedere keer als je dit leest, ben je weer in totale verwarring Alle mogelijke persoonsverwisselingen, theorie n en complotten spelen door je hoofd Zalig boek Ik ga het binnenkort lekker gewoon n g een keer lezen

  13. Nederland, de jaren veertig, onder Duitse bezetting Henri Osewoudt baat samen met zijn echtgenote die toevallig ook zijn nicht is een sigarenwinkel uit en leidt een heel saai, middelmatig leventje tot op een dag de mysterieuze Dorbeck binnenvalt De verzetsman lijkt wel een tweelingbroer van Osewoudt en speelt hem een aantal opdrachten door Zo moet hij een paar moorden plegen en andere verzetsmensen helpen Zijn familie wordt opgepakt door de Duitsers maar hij kan zelf ontkomen, hoewel dan een kat [...]

  14. Claudia de Breij schrijft in het voorwoord dat je dit boek het beste kunt lezen als je zeventien bent Ze had ook beter het advies kunnen geven dat je dit boek het beste op een regenachtige herfstavond of koude winteravond had kunnen lezen Ik las dit boek hartje zomer, terwijl ik op vakantie was in Barcelona Hoewel ik van het boek genoten heb, vond ik het niet echt passen bij de sfeer waarin ik zat Het boek gaat over de Tweede Wereldoorlog Over moorden, verduisteringen en gevangenschap Zo n verha [...]

  15. A sheer nihilism,yet paradoxically spontaneous one It Sounds to be narrated in praise of nothingness.Anyway ,when one s life turned to be irredeamble ,and no hope flickering in the distance ,what should one adheres to When life is no longer wants us to be in it This is the story of how the war can reduce everything we have , possess or believe in to an absolute null.Considering Hermans s novel as a pessimistic one , would not be accurate,, I found him to be a realistic writer who just conveyed t [...]

  16. Misschien wel Hermans bekendste boek maar ik ben hier toch minder van onder de indruk dan Nooit Meer Slapen Henri Osewoudt is de hoofdfiguur in deze roman die verhaalt over het verzet in de Tweede Wereld oorlog Veel paranoia Wie is te vertrouwen en wie niet Het is net een achtbaan dit verhaal Maar echt spannend wil het maar niet worden De laatste 70 bladzijden spelen zich af net na de oorlog wanneer Henri wordt ondervraagt Stond hij aan de goede kant Je kun je niet wachten om te weten hoe het af [...]

  17. I did not think I would like as much as I did I wasn t very impressed by Nooit Meer Slapen, which is also by Hermans This novel, however, was very interesting, and had a good pace His style neither appealed to me nor did it put me off it was quite factual I like how it is at first quite a simple war story, but when I realised that Osewoudt might not be a reliable narrator, I started questioning things that happened before in the novel Simply a good book 1 for Dutch literature.

  18. Het boek roept een heel bepaalde atmosfeer op, net of Osewoudt als in a zeepbel door het leven ging Bracht ook wel interessante aspekten van WWII aan het licht.

  19. Osim zanimljive naslovnice i naslova, koji su me odmah privukli, ni ta mi drugo vezano za ovu knjigu nije bilo zanimljivo Likovi s kojima se nisam povezala, djelovali su mi previ e povr ni, ni malo stvarni, radnja me iz stranice u stranicu zamarala sve vi e, bez neke stvarne dubine i logike, samo hrpa likova koji se pojavljuju na trenutke, ni ta me nije tjeralo da itam dalje i zato sam nekih 100 stranica prije kraja odustala od cijele ove pri e.S obzirom da se radi o knjizi koja je dio projekta [...]

  20. Die Niederlande Flandern sind Ehreng ste der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016 Dazu gibt es in diesem Herbst eine F lle Neuausgaben, Neu bersetzungen und Wiederauflagen niederl ndischer flandrischer Romane Hierzu geh rt auch Die Dunkelkammer des Damokles von Willem Frederick Hermans 1921 1995 , der in Deutschland kaum bekannt zu den gro en niederl ndischen Nachkriegsautoren gez hlt werden kann.S dholland 1940, deutsche Besatzungszeit Mehr oder weniger zuf llig schlie t sich der junge Henri Osewoudt dem [...]

  21. De donkere kamer van Damokles mist zijn start zeker niet, met een aantal eerste pagina s waarin onmiddellijk een fictief verhaal, een mysterieuze moord, een twijfelende, wat bizarre hoofdpersoon en een duistere sfeer op de voorgrond staan De toon is hierbij gezet voor een wilde rit doorheen de rest van het boek waarin op een dwingende, bijna gehaaste, maar zeer treffende manier een wirwar van personages, steden, straatnamen, gebeurtenissen, foto s en een hele reeks donkere kamers worden gepresen [...]

  22. For many this is the masterpiece of W.F Hermans, one of the greatest Dutch writers of the 20th Century This probably is due to the ambiguous attitude of resistance hero and or willy nilly collaborator Osewoudt, the main character He s a weak man that gets inspired by his heroic alter ego Dorbeck, and becomes a killing machine Hermans himself wasn t very pleased with this book, and I think he was not entirely wrong It s not really high quality literature and the story often seems to go in no dir [...]

  23. Est bien escrito y, una vez que te metes en la historia, la cosa engancha y la lectura avanza con facilidad El toque esperp ntico de la trama y de su protagonista le dan ese plus que lo mantiene en las tres estrellas, pero, una vez m s, a uno le gustar a un final m s satisfactorio despu s de tanta peripecia claro que ah est la gracia y lo que de verdad le llega al lector.Entretenido, pero tampoco va mucho m s all la cosa.

  24. Main character Osewoudt seems to go through life in a plastic bubble nothing really touches him Interesting theme about truth and perception Also interesting view about ww2 in the netherlands, mainly about the role of the resistance i can imagine this book being revolutionairy in it s time But it s Also very flat concerning character development.

  25. Een klassieker in de Nederlandse literatuur en absoluut een aanrader Is Osewoudt nu een held Wat heeft hij precies gedaan en hoe dit te bewijzen Deze roman is een mooi voorbeeld van postmodernisme De roman stelt op een mooie wijze in vraag in welke mate de realiteit nu kenbaar is.

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