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 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.
Publication date: 28/05/2015
Publication date: 21/08/2014
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||28th May 2015|
|Genres:||Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Martin Amis is the author of ten novels, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction. He lives in London.More About Martin Amis