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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (304 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Keilson Narrator: James Clam Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Written while Hans Keilson was in hiding during World War II, The Death of the Adversary is the self-portrait of a young man helplessly fascinated by an unnamed adversary whom he watches rise to power in 1930s Germany. It is a tale of horror, not only in its evocation of Hitler's gathering menace but also in its hero's desperate attempt to discover logic where none exists.

A psychological fable as wry and haunting as Badenheim 1939, The Death of the Adversary is a lost classic of modern fiction.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nico-jan van de Koot | 2/8/2014

    " Over dit boek heb ik lang gedaan. Steeds weggezet en weer opgepakt. Het rare is dat zijn schrijfstijl me irriteert, maar dat het verhaal dat hij verteld, en de manier waarop hij het verhaal verteld, maar in mijn hoofd blijven terugkomen. Ik weet nog steeds niet wat ik er precies mee aanmoet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Frank Debaere | 1/23/2014

    " Zie recensie in De Morgen 1-12-2010. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ross Mckinney | 1/16/2014

    " This is a fairly amazing book. Hans Keilson wrote this book during WWII as he fled Germany for the Netherlands about the emotions, the inner turmoil, of being a member of an un-named group who is the subject of the exploitative ire of "the adversary". Of course, he's writing about the Jews, about Hitler, but the quiet contemplation of the horror, the building of events, is incredibly powerful. Keilson presents the emotions that fed the events, the self-deception that allowed it happen, the evolution of hate and how it feeds on itself. Really powerful. But at the same time, he's so relentlessly analytical that you want him to let loose, to feel instead of being so persistently considered. On the other hand, the thoughtful quality makes it easier to read than it could have been. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 1/5/2014

    " A Kafkaesque tale of the rise of Hitler written by a Dutchman in hiding from the Nazis during the war, this book grows on one as it builds to its climax. It raises puzzling and provocative questions about the nature of human reluctance to stand up to evil, which has to be one of the great mysteries of 20th century Europe, and the theory that one needs an enemy to be whole and to live is troubling, to say the least. I finished it wanting to go back to the beginning and start over again, but instead I will first go read "Badenheim 1939", which addresses the same subject matter from a different perspective, that of Jews who gathered at a summer resort in 1939, oblivious to the horrific storm that was gathering back home. I don't believe "Death of the Adversary" was published in English until 2008-2009; had it been around longer, it might have already achieved the acclaim of Weisel's "Night". "

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