The Death of the Adversary

By Hans Keilson; Ivo Jarosy (Translator)
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Paperback, 9780374139629, 208pp.)

Publication Date: July 20, 2010

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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.




About the Author
Hans Keilson is the author of "Comedy in a Minor Key" and "The Death of the Adversary". Born in Germany in 1909, he published his first novel in 1933. During World War II he joined the Dutch resistance. Later, as a psychotherapist, he pioneered the treatment of war trauma in children. In a 2010 "New York Times" review, Francine Prose called Keilson a "genius" and "one of the world's very greatest writers." He died in 2011 at the age of 101.

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