The Death of the Adversary

The Death of the Adversary

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… (more)

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By removing dates, locations and names, Keilson seems to universalise the rise of Nazism making the book a warning to all societies of how easily authoritarian regimes can come to power.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 19, 2010)

Parent ISBN: 9780374139629

Page count: 208 pages

Language: English


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