"The butchers never speak, and if they do, their words are hollow."
March 11, 2009 9:49 AM Subscribe
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Shockingly, a novel about a Nazi officer who abets murder squads, transports Jews to Auschwitz, has sex with his twin sister, possibly kills his parents and then dies rich, old and reflective has caused a trans-Atlantic controversy among literary critics. Published in the original French three years ago, the English translation of Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones
hit American bookstores this week.
Though French reviewers unanimously praised Jewish-American author Littell for his unscrupulously bare depiction of a pathological mass murderer, the British press
, and most American critics are just plain outraged. Kakutani brands the novel as "deliberately repellent,"
while Washington Post accuses Kindly Ones
of shilling glorified "death porn."
And for anyone jetting off to the bookstore this week to get their latest fix of controversial Holocaust renderings
, be warned: the print in this gruesome 900-page brick is teeny.