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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?

Powered by both wit and compassion, and in characteristically vivid prose, Martin Amis’ unforgettable new novel excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dark satire…[that] creates a chilling sense of the banality of evil by depicting Nazis as petty bureaucrats in office cubicles, who chatter away about their work in the breezy, self-absorbed tones of characters in, say, the comic strip Dilbert or television’s The Office. Although this approach to the subject may initially feel disturbingly irreverent, it seems clear that Mr. Amis wants to use this narrative strategy as a means of jolting the reader into a new understanding of how what one character calls ‘such a methodical, such a pedantic, and such a literal exploration of the bestial’ could take hold in ‘a sleepy country of poets and dreamers’…[The Zone of Interest] builds to a haunting conclusion that slams home the horror of the Holocaust.’

    New York Times

  • “The graphic nature of this Holocaust story and Barrett’s fluctuating tones combine to make this a difficult listen for even the strongest souls.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
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About the Author
Author Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of many novels, two collections of fiction stories, several of nonfiction, and the memoir Experience, for which he received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Amis has been listed for the Booker Prize twice and was a professor of creative writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. He lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Sean Barrett has won over twenty Earphones Awards and two prestigious Audie Awards for his audiobook narrations. He started acting professionally at the age of twelve and has since appeared on television and in film in Minder, Brush Strokes, War and Peace, Sons and Lovers, and Return to Oz. His stage credits include performing in the West End with Noël Coward in his Suite in Three Keys. He has worked extensively on BBC Radio and has also narrated several television series, including People’s Century and Crash.