The Darkroom of Damocles
|The Darkroom of Damocles|
|Author||Willem Frederik Hermans|
|Original title||De donkere kamer van Damokles|
|Publisher||G. A. van Oorschot|
Published in English
The Darkroom of Damocles (Dutch: De donkere kamer van Damokles) is a 1958 novel by the Dutch writer Willem Frederik Hermans. Set in the Netherlands during Nazi occupation, it tells the story of a young man who performs secret missions against the Gestapo, tasked by a mysterious stranger. The book was translated to English in 1962 by Roy Edwards, and again in 2007 by Ina Rilke. It was adapted into the 1963 film Like Two Drops of Water, directed by Fons Rademakers.
Neel Mukherjee of The Daily Telegraph wrote in 2007: "The novel, written in a spare, even desiccated style, becomes starkly existentialist, bringing to mind Camus and the Sartre of Les Chemins de la Liberté. Crackling with tension at the same time as a philosophical cynicism - or perhaps just an uninterested amorality - about motives and actions, this is an edgy, uneasy novel about the human condition, effortlessly disguised as a thriller."
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