From one of England's most renowned authors, an unforgettable new novel that provides a searing portrait of life-and, shockingly, love-in a concentration camp. 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? In a novel powered by both wit and pathos, Martin Amis excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul.
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"Sean Barrett narrates the stories of Paul Doll, commandant of Auschwitz; Major Golo Thomsen; and Szmul, head of the Sonderkommando. Told from three different German perspectives, this novel describes the last years of WWII and the fatal decisions made regarding Jews in the concentration camps. The horror of the camps is interlaced with ThomsenÕs sexual fantasies for all women, German and Jewish alike, but most especially Hannah Doll. Barrett uses a soft British accent for all the characters, with subtle inflections for French and German words. His lack of vocal differentiation makes it difficult to tell the characters apart. Another problem is that his deep voice becomes inaudible as he reads asides, tangential comments, and the words of the Jewish collaborator. The graphic nature of this Holocaust story and BarrettÕs fluctuating tones combine to make this a difficult listen for even the strongest souls. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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