As a child, Imre Kertesz himself spent a year in Auschwitz. In this book, he describes the life in concentration camps as seen from the eyes of a 14 year old boy who gets deported to Auschwitz and Buchenwald. This is a fantastic book, the way the young boy copes with his life. He describes what he sees, he tries to explain everything, he finds logical explanations what is done to him. He simply lives through it, minute after minute. He tries to recapture everything looking back on it, but can’t really grasp the whole thing. But this is what makes this book so intense and shocking. This book is so brutal, because it doesn’t simply throw the facts of the holocaust into your face, but because it does the opposite, it slowly takes you through the story without judging or blaming.
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