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The kindly ones

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This Faustian story with a terrifying twist is the fictional memoir of Dr Max Aue, a former SS intelligence officer, who has reinvented himself as a family man and owner of a lace factory in post-war France. Max is an intellectual steeped in philosophy, literature, and classical music. He is also a cold-blooded assassin and the consummate bureaucrat, who speaks out now not in self-justification but to set the record straight. He looks back at his life with cool-eyed precision: from a disrupted childhood and a turning point in his student days, to his role as observer and then participant in Nazi atrocities on the Eastern Front, from Poland to the Caucasus; he is present at the siege of Stalingrad, at the death camps, and finally caught up in the rout of the Nazis and the nightmarish fall of Berlin. Although Max is a totally imagined character, his world is peopled by real historical figures such as Eichmann, Himmler, Goring, Speer, Heydrich, Hoss, and Hitler himself. Massive in scope, terrifying in subject matter, and shocking in its protagonist, Littells masterpiece is intense, hallucinatory, and terrifyingly compelling. Described by Le Figaro as a monument of contemporary literature, this transgressive work has been compared to classics of world literature, including War and Peace. A huge novel about the seductive enormity of evil, the ineffable horror of war, mans inhumanity and the malevolence of the Furies, this is a book that every thinking person should read and to which no one can be indifferent. Fine copy. Good dust jacket. Unmarked

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Author(s):
Jonathan Littell
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2009
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0701181656
ISBN-13:
9780701181659
Number of pages:
983
Publisher:
Chatto & Windus
Title:
The kindly ones

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This Faustian story with a terrifying twist is the fictional memoir of Dr Max Aue, a former SS intelligence officer, who has reinvented himself as a family man and owner of a lace factory in post-war France. Max is an intellectual steeped in philosophy, literature, and classical music. He is also a cold-blooded assassin and the consummate bureaucrat, who speaks out now not in self-justification but to set the record straight. He looks back at his life with cool-eyed precision: from a disrupted childhood and a turning point in his student days, to his role as observer and then participant in Nazi atrocities on the Eastern Front, from Poland to the Caucasus; he is present at the siege of Stalingrad, at the death camps, and finally caught up in the rout of the Nazis and the nightmarish fall of Berlin. Although Max is a totally imagined character, his world is peopled by real historical figures such as Eichmann, Himmler, Goring, Speer, Heydrich, Hoss, and Hitler himself. Massive in scope, terrifying in subject matter, and shocking in its protagonist, Littells masterpiece is intense, hallucinatory, and terrifyingly compelling. Described by Le Figaro as a monument of contemporary literature, this transgressive work has been compared to classics of world literature, including War and Peace. A huge novel about the seductive enormity of evil, the ineffable horror of war, mans inhumanity and the malevolence of the Furies, this is a book that every thinking person should read and to which no one can be indifferent. Fine copy. Good dust jacket. Unmarked

Added value:
Dust jacket not price clipped
Author(s):
Jonathan Littell
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2009
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0701181656
ISBN-13:
9780701181659
Number of pages:
983
Publisher:
Chatto & Windus
Title:
The kindly ones

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