- Harry Mulisch
"In a world full of war, famine, oppression, deceit, monotony, whatâ€”apart from the eternal innocence of animalsâ€”offers an image of hope? A mother with a newborn child in her arms? The child may end up as a murderer or a murder victim, so that the hopeful image is a prefiguration of a pietÃ : a mother with her newly dead child on her lap."
-- Harry Mulisch