The Zone of Interest

by Martin Amis

Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

The Zone of Interest Synopsis

This book is shortlisted for the 2015 Walter Scott Prize. Surely his masterpiece...Intelligent, terrifying and comic...Amis has tackled the biggest questions with imagination and intelligence, and the ultimate strength of this masterly novel is that he knows, and shows, that although there is no answer to the questions Auschwitz poses, we must never stop asking them. Read it, ponder it - revel in it indeed - then read it again. (Allan Massie, Scotsman). There was an old story about a king who asked his favourite wizard to create a magic mirror. This mirror didn't show you your reflection. Instead, it showed you your soul - it showed you who you really were. But the king couldn't look into the mirror without turning away, and nor could his courtiers. No one could. What happens when we discover who we really are? And how do we come to terms with it? Fearless and original, The Zone of Interest is a violently dark love story set against a backdrop of unadulterated evil, and a vivid journey into the depths and contradictions of the human soul.

The Good Book Guide Review

The sheer scale of the Holocaust and the extent of the depravity meted out by the perpetrators of Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’ remains too horrible, too unbelievable to fully comprehend. In the absence of a rational explanation, Amis has taken a leaf from Primo Levi’s The Truce and dared to create a Kafkaesque satire on the perversity of human nature. It focuses on a fictional Nazi commandant and his rival, a nephew of Martin Bormann, as they vie for the affections of the former’s wife and deliberate the routine business of the death factory that remains tactfully off screen. Audacious, acerbic, highly perceptive, blackly humorous, occasionally moving, and quite brilliant.

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ISBN: 9780099593683
Publication date: 28/05/2015
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780224099745
Publication date: 21/08/2014
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099593683
Publication date: 28th May 2015
Author: Martin Amis
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of ten novels, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction. He lives in London.  

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