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How to Quiet a Vampire (Writings from an Unbound Europe) [Paperback]

Borislav Pekic , Bogdan Rakic , Stephen M. Dickey

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press (31 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810117207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810117204
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,331,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published to acclaim in 1977, this controversial novel of ideas follows Konrad Rutkowski - professor of medieval history and former Gestapo officer - as he returns to the scene of his war crimes determined to renounce, or perhaps justify, his Nazi past. In a series of letters to a brother-in-law, Rutkowski lays out his ambivalent reactions to war and unthinkable violence, connecting his own swirling ideas to those of some of the major figures of European thought: Plato, St. Augustine, Descartes, Nietzsche, Freud, and others. But the novel is more than an intellectual meditation. Pekic was himself a frequent political agitator and occasional prisoner, and he drew on his first hand knowledge of police methods and life under totalitarianism to paint a chilling portrait of an intellectual acting as a tool of repression. At the same time he questions whether Rutkowski's ideology puts him outside the philosophical tradition he so admires - or if the line separating it from totalitarianism is not as clear as we like to think.

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