The Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest

Book - 2014 | First United States edition.
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"From one of England's most renowned authors, an unforgettable new novel that provides a searing portrait of life-and, shockingly, love-in a concentration camp. Once upon a time there was a king, and the king commissioned his favorite wizard to create a magic mirror. This mirror didn't show you your reflection. It showed you your soul-it showed you who you really were. The wizard couldn't look at it without turning away. The king couldn't look at it. The courtiers couldn't look at it. A chestful of treasure was offered to anyone who could look at it for sixty seconds without turning away. And no one could. The Zone of Interest is a love story with a violently unromantic setting. Can love survive the mirror? Can we even meet each other's eye, after we have seen who we really are? In a novel powered by both wit and pathos, Martin Amis excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780804172899
0804172897
9780385353496
0385353499
Branch Call Number: FIC AMIS
Characteristics: 306 pages : photographs ; 25 cm

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madeindavid
Mar 05, 2016

Wow, I have read Amis before (Night Train, Lionel Asbo). I really like him just beacuse he was a close friend to The Hitch and Rushdie that is why I started reading Amis books. Night Train was ok for me but Lionel Asbo its really funny book.
The Zone of Interest is a whole other level. I personally think that the idea behind this book its a goodone, one of the best ideas for a book in my personal opinion. To narrate a story and in the background the most horrific genocide and torture the humanity has gone through its a great idea. Why? well because we are very familiar with The Holocaust stories that covey and make the reader "know" the moral bankruptcy behind that event. Amis puts it there on the background and its even more real, human, and unbearable.
But, it its impossible fore me to read this book in on go. I would say that its an amazing book to read from time to time but unbearable to read it in one go.

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empbee
Feb 15, 2015

A disturbing book, in more than one sense.

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ktallent
Oct 06, 2014

This a rather artful book about a very sensitive subject. While it is a dark satire he remains respectful to the victims of the depraved Nazi regime. It's the officers and hangers-on that Amis targets, with excellent results.

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