The Kindly Ones

By Jonathan Littell; Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061353468, 983pp.)

Publication Date: February 2010

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Named one of the "100 Best Books of the Decade" by The Times of London

"Oh my human brothers, let me tell you how it happened."

A former Nazi officer, Dr. Maximilien Aue has reinvented himself, many years after the war, as a middle-class family man and factory owner in France. An intellectual steeped in philosophy, literature, and classical music, he is also a cold-blooded assassin and the consummate bureaucrat. Through the eyes of this cultivated yet monstrous man we experience in disturbingly precise detail the horrors of the Second World War and the Nazi genocide of the Jews. Eichmann, Himmler, GÖring, Speer, Heydrich, HÖsseven Hitler himselfplay a role in Max's story. An intense and hallucinatory historical epic, The Kindly Ones is also a morally challenging read. It holds a mirror up to humanityand the reader cannot look away.




About the Author
Jonathan Littell was born in New York to American parents, and grew up in the United States and France. He lives in Barcelona, Spain.

CHARLOTTE MANDELL has translated over twenty books, including several books for Fordham: Peter Szendy's "Listen: A History of Our Ears" and Jean-Luc Nancy's "Listening". Her most recent translation is "The Kindly Ones" by Jonathan Littell.


Praise For The Kindly Ones

“The force and clarity with which Littell renders the physical realities of war and mass murder are simply astounding. . . . The Kindly Ones is unmistakably the work of a profoundly gifted writer.”
-Time magazine

“An alternately fascinating and impressively researched novel. . . . Its feverish voice is weirdly mesmerizing, the scope awesome.”
-Newark Star Ledger

“A world-class masterpiece of astonishing brutality, originality, and force.”
-The Daily Beast

“A great work of literary fiction, to which readers and scholars will turn for decades to come.”
-Antony Beevor, The Times (London)

“The meticulously realistic main plot of The Kindly Ones is brilliantly organized and written…”
-BookForum

“Unquestionably brilliant…Littell is a gifted writer and what he achieves…is unparalleled…The novel [is] scrupulous in its period details and…generous in its scope”
-The Nation

“An extraordinarily powerful novel…. Above all, it is a sophisticated exploration of issues of morality, evil and luck… The novel as a whole brilliantly shows how ‘ordinary men’ become killers.”
-The Observer (London)

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