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    “Please mein Herr shoot the children cleanly”― Jonathan Littell The Kindly OnesSuch a fiercely compelling novel one

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    Lugging this gigantic book around from Omaha to Minneapolis to Dubai to Chicago back to Omaha I began to uestio

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    I felt like abandoning this just about every day At times it irritated me at others it bored me My stubborn nature finally won out though and I ploughed through all its 975 pages It's always going to be an act of hubris to believe you

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    So what's the most atrocious thing you've seen? Man of courseThe Kindly Ones polarized both readers and critics

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    It Begins and Ends in Bad PoliticsIt is possible for human beings to justify all behaviour no matter how irrational and cruel Because this is so some philosophers justify their view that moral norms must lie outside of human control that there must be a God who knows what good behaviour is This justification is also irrational and freuently

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    I live I do what can be done it's the same for everyone I am a man like other men I am a man like you I tell you I am just like you J

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    The Kindly Ones is an unsentimental journey to the darkest side of the human history Fascism turned the Germany

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    Rating 3 of fiveThe Publisher Says Oh my human brothers let me tell you how it happened So begins the chilling fictional memoir of Dr Maximilien Aue a former Nazi officer who has reinvented himself many years after the war as a mid

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    So the war The Second one Or is that the Second One? Do we capitalise all Things Pertaining to the War? I think it’s appropriate to capitalise when referring to the Greatest Atrocity in All of Mankind or if not appropriate respectf

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    The English translation of les Bienveillantes is a travesti All the sardonic irony and the disgust of the author for his p

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Una grave ferita Dopo il rientro in Germania lavora a stretto contatto con tutta la gerarchia nazionalsocialista La guerra è ormai persa tuttavia e la Wehrmacht arretra su tutti i fronti Al crepuscolo del nazismo viene in aiuto a Max il suo bilinguismo assumendo l'identità di un francese deportato in Germania riesce a fuggireTrascinato dalla corrente della Storia e inseguito da fantasmi che come le furie benevole dei Greci le Eumenidi cercano vendetta Max Aue è parte di noi la parte più nera. The Kindly Ones is an unsentimental journey to the darkest side of the human history Fascism turned the Germany into a factory of death And every factory must have an effective technology So any technology must be perfected and the technology of murder as wellKilling was a terrible thing the reaction of the officers was a good proof of that even if they didn t all draw the conseuences of their own reactions and the man for whom killing was not a terrible thing killing an armed man as well as an unarmed man and an unarmed man as well as a woman and her child was nothing but an animal unworthy of belonging to a community of men But it was possible that this terrible thing was also a necessary thing and in that case we had to submit to this necessity Our propaganda repeated over and over again that the Russians were Untermenschen sub humans but I refused to believe thatThe novel is an uncompromising story of fascism starting with its bloodthirsty snarl at humanity and ending with its agony and rigor mortis Ideology can pitilessly transform an ordinary man into a killing machine and use it until this machine breaksBut even in such inhumanly perfect society as fascist state there are corruption intrigues hatred and fear and they keep destroying the power from within And the rest of humankind started destroying fascism from without So what s the most atrocious thing you ve seen He waved his hand Man of course I meant medically Medically atrocious things don t interest me in the least On the other hand one does see extraordinary curiosities which completely revise our notions of what our poor bodies can endure What for example Well a man will catch a tiny piece of shrapnel in the calf that will slice through the peroneal artery and he ll die in two minutes still standing his blood emptied into his boot without his noticing Yet another man might take a bullet through the head from one temple to the other and will get up on his own to walk to the first aid post What an insignificant thing we are I commented Precisely War is a most atrocious evil and it is capable to lower human being to the primordial animal state so humans become monsters beasts and cattle The City of London, Volume 2 tutta la gerarchia nazionalsocialista La guerra è ormai persa Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible tuttavia e la Wehrmacht arretra su How We Lived Then tutti i fronti Al crepuscolo del nazismo viene in aiuto a Max il suo bilinguismo assumendo l'identità di un francese deportato in Germania riesce a fuggireTrascinato dalla corrente della Storia e inseguito da fantasmi che come le furie benevole dei Greci le Eumenidi cercano vendetta Max Aue è parte di noi la parte più nera. 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Nell'Europa travolta dalla furia nazista l'epopea tragica ed efferata di un ufficiale dell SS Maximilien Aue ci fa rivivere gli orrori della guerra dal punto di vista terribile e ripugnante dei carneficiNato in Alsazia da patre tedesco e madre francese Maximilien Aue dirige sotto falso nome una fabbrica di merletti nel nord della Francia Svolge bene il suo lavoro è un uomo preciso ed efficiente Preciso ed efficiente del resto lo era stato anche negli anni del nazismo uando fra 1937 e 1945 aveva. Please mein Herr shoot the children cleanly Jonathan Littell The Kindly OnesSuch a fiercely compelling novel one of the most evil stories ever told I had to listen to the audio book while taking my walks and let all the evil from the novel run down my legs and out the bottom of my feet so much evil thus my initial reluctance to write a review and highly recommend However the writing is excellent and the insights on human nature history and culture numerousThe first person narrator starts his story by telling us nowadays his head begins to rage with the roar of a crematorium that when he is at a bar he pictures someone entering with a shotgun and blasting away that when he is watching a film in a theater he imagines a live grenade under the seats that when he is among dozens of happy families on a pleasant Sunday afternoon attending a festival in the town suare he sees a car filled with explosives blowing up turning the festivities into unending carnage blood and guts everywhere groan screams pitiful cries filling the air and then a long harrowing silence and emptiness for the survivorsSuch are his thoughts since as he also tells us he is a veritable memory machine unceasingly manufacturing memories whenever he has the time to think Thus he discovers when he once took a leave of absence from his responsibilities as manager of a lace factory he can t be left alone too long to thinkSo Little s novel has Maximilien Aue recounting memories in the spaces between his normal round of work and family recounting memories as a man in his mid fifties currently living in 1970s France And what is the focus of his memories Back when he was a young man an Untersturmf hrer that is a Nazi SS Lieutenant living through the bitter cold and mass killings at the Russian Front the slaughter of the concentration camps the murders he committed with both his own pistol or his own hands the perversions of his personal life and violence of his family life all recounted and reported in chilling detail in a narrative voice unflinchingly calculating and as cold and as hard as steel say the steel of an abandoned tank in subzero January As a good number of readers have remarked once finishing this thousand pager not an easy read in many respects a downright harrowing and horrifying read Once read never forgottenRather than the killings slaughter perversions and other violations of humanity in Max s waking life I will synopsize four of the Nazi SS officer s vivid intense dreamsONE Max is on a high cliff watching a procession of gondolas glide down a river he clearly sees his gorgeous identical twin sister sitting cross legged her long flowing black hair falling over her perfectly shaped breasts Sidebar in real life Max is sexual infatuated and romantically in love with Una his identical twin sister Max shouts her name many times She raises her head and their eyes meet At this point Max feels violent stomach cramps undoes his pants and suats down but instead of shit real live bees spiders and scorpions gush out his anus He screams out and then turns his head and sees identical twin young boys staring at him in silenceTWO Max is gliding at different levels high up in the sky looking down almost like a camera than a human looking down at a huge city set out on a uniform grid seeing thousands and thousands of blue eyed men and women and children faceless moving mechanically through birth growth adulthood and death creating a perfect euilibrium which reminds Max of what an ideal concentration camp would be likeTHREE In a dark bedroom Max sees a tall beautiful woman in a long white dress He recognizes the woman is his sister She suffers uncontrollable convulsions and diarrhea black shit oozes through her white dress causing Max to experience great disgust and nauseaFOUR Max exchanges cloths with his sister Una he putting on her dress she putting on his uniform He sits in her chair at her dressing table and then Una carefully makes up his face combing his hair applying lipstick Una then straps on an ebony phallus After an intense session of intertwining like snakes Max rests on the floor and says he is her sister and she is her brother to which Una replies that you are my sister and I am your brotherOf course we could envision what a psychoanalyst either a Freudian or a Jungian or an analyst from any other school would make of Max s dreams Let me simply conclude by saying that anybody wishing to read this novel must be prepared for the many brutal cruel and murderous scenes of Max s waking life reminding me of the hell scenes of the artist Hieronymus Bosch Again one of the most evil tales ever told A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife travolta dalla furia nazista l'epopea The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships tragica ed efferata di un ufficiale dell SS Maximilien Aue ci fa rivivere gli orrori della guerra dal punto di vista Salvage terribile e ripugnante dei carneficiNato in Alsazia da patre Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, tedesco e madre francese Maximilien Aue dirige sotto falso nome una fabbrica di merletti nel nord della Francia Svolge bene il suo lavoro è un uomo preciso ed efficiente Preciso ed efficiente del resto lo era stato anche negli anni del nazismo uando fra 1937 e 1945 aveva. 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Summary à PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Jonathan Littell

Fatto carriera nelle SS in Germania Pure essendo un nazionalsocialista convinto il giovane e brillante giurista era entrato per caso nel corpo punta di diamante del Reich hitleriano fermato dalla polizia dopo un incontro omosessuale aveva accettato di arruolarsi per evitare la denuncia Nel 1941 Max è sul fronte orientale dove dà il suo contributo al genocidio di ebrei zingari e comunisti Trasferito nel Caucaso e poi nella Stalingrado accerchiata dall'Armata rossa sopravvive miracolosamente a. So what s the most atrocious thing you ve seen Man of courseThe Kindly Ones polarized both readers and critics all over the world They argued on its literary values and scandalous content pornocaust or holokitsch were amongst epithets felt poised between admiration for the gigantic work Littell done and themes he researched and final product and message it delivered The genre itself confounded almost everyone was it a history novel or uasi document a literary fiction or fictionalized story And autoportrait of Nazi official and aesthete was widely discussed I can t say anything new or revealing on its subject so only some words about how this reader feels with this book The novel stuns with verve and panache bewilders with erudition and literateness overwhelms with magnitude of information names and facts The author had to dig through hundreds of historical documents up Sometimes effect feels fascinating especially deliberations on the vision of national socialism or motivations of the narrator of the novel then again horrifying with descriptions of mass murders or concentration camps and at times just fatiguing due to neverending reports full of names and military ranks It strikes with enormity of violence and cruelty with graphic depiction of every crime imaginable and pornographic and scatological content and its matter of fact narrative comes almost as a shock Combining sex with violence or precisely sexuality with Nazism is nothing new or original in literature or film William Styron did it in Sophie s choice and Lucchino Visconti in his stunning masterpiece The Damned I prefer the Polish title Zmierzch Bog w refering to Wagner s opera What makes this book uniue and shocking and what sometimes is its the biggest flaw is the figure of narrator Maximilian Aue To establish a murderer main protagonist to make us read his testimony hear his thoughts acknowledge that he escaped in a way justice was clever though rather dangerous task At first everything starts rather innocently I hope the ironic undertone can be sensed Max is sensitive and kind of fragile man We do not know at this point how deeply damaged he is how unstable and how twisted his family issues are He doesn t like the idea of extermination but since Germans and Germany comes to him first thus he succumbs to orders But he doesn t approve unnecessary humiliation and cruelty towards people that were to be killed On Ukraine he not only observes killings but also as any other officer has to participate in it what effects a nervous breakdown And it only keeps getting worse from now Max is well educated enamoured with literature and music he uotes from memory ancient philosophers and yet is dilligent and amenable cog in machine a valuable member of horrendous system Maximilian Aue seems to confuse ethics with aesthetics but by no means is only bureaucratic murderer He can in one breath talk about wisdom of ancient authors and beauty of human well male s body about love and music and at the same time being able to participate at executions As he admits himself at some point while standing over graves of murdered Jews I was haunted by the passion for the absolute and the transcending of limits And this duality makes him interesting narrator In The Kindly Ones can be spotted uite dinstinct references to The Oresteia a killing of mother and stepfather an incestuous relationship with sister and the title outright appeals to Erinyes the gracious ones translated also as kindly ones incarnation of vengeance There were criticisms that by employing the ancient idea of fate Littell intended to justify Max or in wider perspective German deeds and omissions or lessen his crimesThe novel explores acts that were done not by madmen or lunatics but by technocrats lawyers economists and administration Littell examines damages done to ordinary soldiers that had to face with mass extermination especially in the first days of war tries to draw a line between them and psychopaths and degenerate individuals relishing these deeds Through Max eyes allows us to experience war at Ukraine Russia and Poland leads us through battle of Stalingrad hell of Auschwitz Birkenau to final days in Berlin He shows the birth of the idea of Final Solution and its bringing into existence He depictures Holocaust as a kind of enterprise a uniue project that had to be done and gives us almost technical instruction of genocide Report of Max is coldly precise and detailed then again hallucinatory and delirious but always intense and powerful The novel is truly gruesome and though I can t say for example the slaughter in Babi Jar ravine was alien to me yet the description made me sick Max makes his remorseless confession many years after the war ended regrets that s for children as his colleague Eichmann would say and what strikes me the most is his statement that we are not better men than he was merely luckier to live in different times and not forced to make his choices In a way he makes us almost his accomplices who only by a bit of luck could avoid his fate I find this revelation uite disturbing Max is not trying to play a martyr or victim to ask for our forgiviness no he wants our sympathy and understanding for who or what he was And it s even disuieting And thought provoking I do not regret anything I did my work that s all as for my family problems which I might also talk about they concern no one but me and as for the rest I probably did go a little far toward the end but by that point I was no longer entirely myself I was off balance and anyhow the whole world was toppling around me I wasn t the only one who lost his head admit it