Milan Hulsing / Milan Hulsing – The Assault

Milan Hulsing – The Assault

Milan Hulsing – The Assault

Rights sold

  • Les Boites a Bulles (France)



About the book

Since 1982, when The Assault by Harry Mulisch was first published, 750,000 copies have been sold in the Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium alone. Internationally the book was highly praised and met with commercial success in many countries. In 1986 the film adaption of the book was awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film – a first in Dutch cinematic history. In May 2015 a colourful and idiosyncratic graphic novel will be published, based on this modern classic. Awardwinning artist Milan Hulsing manages to combine Harry Mulisch’s lucid narrative with dark but often colourful drawings that perfectly reflect the atmosphere of this richly rewarding book. The Assault tells the exciting and tragic story of Anton Steenwijk, who loses his father, mother and brother at a young age in a German reprisal for the killing of a policeman. In adult life he seeks out those involved in an effort to discover what really happened.


‘…if Harry [Mulisch] had been able to draw, he would have done it like this!’ – Kitty Saal (Harry Mulisch’s widow)

On Mulisch’s The Assault:

‘A dark fable about design and accident, strength and weakness, and the ways in which guilt and innocence can overlap and intermingle.’ – the New York times


Milan Hulsing (b. 1973) graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. His drawings and cartoon strips have appeared in the VPRO TV guide, Hollands Maandblad and the Algemeen Dagblad. He twice won a Stripschapspenning Award and has created animations for films. His most recent graphic novel, Stad van klei (City of Clay), was extremely well received by reviewers and translation rights have been sold to several countries.

Harry Mulisch (1927-2010) wrote novels, stories and essays that won him countless literary prizes and honours. Part of the literary universe he left has been published in more than thirty-six languages.

Additional book information

  • Graphic novel, full-colour
  • ISBN 9789054924463
  • Number of pages: 160
  • World rights: Oog & Blik
  • Price: € 24,90