"An extraordinarily powerful novel that leads the stunned reader on a journey through some of the darkest recesses of European history...reveals something that is desperate and depressing but profoundly important, now as ever" (Observer)
"Everybody's talking about it...erudite, pitiless and mesmerising" (Financial Times)
"A compelling and savage tale, with a cold dispassionate eye that never flinches from the raw reality of mass-murder... a serious attempt to describe the terrors of the Nazi regime" (Independent)
"The book rises magnificently to its own occasions, building out of its fact-crammed but stately sentences a vast and phosphorescent tableaux vivants seething with Dantesque detail" (Guardian)
"Jonathan Littell has created a phenomenon, not least because of his exceptional achievement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
'A tour de force' Spectator
'Unforgettable...magnificent' London Review of Books
Dr Max Aue is a family man and owner of a lace factory in post-war France. He is an intellectual steeped in philosophy, literature, and classical music. He is also a former SS intelligence officer and cold-blooded assassin. Max was present at the the Nazi atrocities on the Eastern front, at the siege of Stalingrad, at the death camps, and finally at the nightmarish fall of Berlin. His world was peopled by Eichmann, Himmler, Göring, Speer and, of course, Hitler himself.
Max is looking back at his life with cool-eyed precision; he is speaking out now to set the record straight...
'Profoundly important' Observer
'A great work...inescapably impressive' Literary Review
'Pitiless and mesmerising' Financial Times