Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones)

Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones) Jonathan Littell
Pub date 29th June 2006
Original publisher Gallimard (France)
Publisher (UK) Chatto & Windus
Publisher (US) HarperCollins
International publishers Skanderbeg (Albania), Objetiva (Brazil), Colibri (Bulgaria), McClelland & Stewart (Canada), Beijing Xiron Books (China), Faktura (Croatia), Euromedia (Czech Republic), Gyldenal (Denmark), Varrak (Estonia), WSOY (Finland), Gallimard (France), BV Berlin (Germany), Livanis (Greece), Magveto Konyviado (Hungary), Kinneret-Zmora (Israel), Einaudi (Italy), Shuei-Sha (Japan), Random House Korea (Korea), Janis Roze Apgads (Latvia), De Arbeiderspers (Netherlands), H Aschehoug & Co. (Norway), Wydawnictwo (Poland), Dom Quixote (Portugal), RAO (Romania), Ad Marginem (Russia), Laguna (Serbia), Vydavatel’stvo Agora (Slovakia), Zalozba Mladinska Knija (Slovenia), RBA Libros (Spain), Quaderns Crema (Spain – Catalan), Brombergs (Sweden), Crown (Taiwan), The Old Lion (Ukraine), Nha Nam (Vietnam)

Winner of the Prix Goncourt

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, Höss – even Hitler himself – play 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 humanity – and the reader cannot look away.


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