Leading Dutch writer Harry Mulisch dies

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Leading Dutch writer Harry Mulisch has died of cancer at the age of 83. His publisher made the announcement early on Sunday morning.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Mulisch' death "a loss for Dutch literature and the Netherlands". Culture Minister Halbe Zijlstra said he was the last of the 'Big Three' writers. The other two were Gerard Reve and Willem Frederik Hermans, both deceased.

Perhaps Mulisch' best-known book is The Assault 1982, which was made into a film and theatre play. The novel, about the consequences of an assault carried out by the resistance during World War II, has been translated in over 25 languages. It won an Oscar for the best non-English film and has been a bestseller worldwide.

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