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How God Survived His Death in Books
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How God Survived His Death in Books

(Joris Gerits) The Low Countries - 2002, № 10, pp. 48-55

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Did Dutch and Flemish literature turn its back on God after the Second World War? The author points to His presence or conspicuous absence in the work of authors such as Walschap, Claus, Reve, Hermans, Biesheuvel, Wolkers, and Reve. In the work of Mulisch, the Unio Technica has replaced God. But the Supreme Being has made a modest return to literature: older authors who struggled to free themselves from the faith of their childhood are forced to look on ruefully as younger writers, without their “hereditary baggage”, present themselves as religious authors

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