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O Transporte para San Cristóbal de A.H.

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  215 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Em 1977, nas profundezas da floresta amazónica, um grupo israelita de caçadores de nazis, exausto, encontra um velho silencioso - Adolfo Hitler - e decide levá-lo até San Cristóbal, onde será julgado. A história atormentada deste transporte explora a natureza da culpa, da vingança, da dor e o poder da linguagem.
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Published 2007 by Gradiva (first published May 25th 1981)
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Paul Bryant
This slim and very very controversial novel written by a philosopher and not a novelist imagines that Hitler survived the bunker, was smuggled to South America, and then captured by a crack Israeli commando team, and hauled through the jungle to face trial in Israel. The novel is mostly the ancient Hitler ranting at his Jewish captors. As has been said elsewhere, the whole book is a platform for Hitler's amazing speech of self-justification at the end of the book. When it was first published - a ...more
Mark Desrosiers
Except for a couple strange, beautiful scenes (the nonagenarian Fuhrer pointing at a fleeing snake, or begging to listen to a radio), this novel about Hitler's capture and makeshift trial really boils down to the old beast's speech at the end. Which succeeded in pissing everyone off, though it is certainly a feat of the imagination, an accurate picture of the nature of "evil". I don't want to spoil it, but suffice to say that he skewers the "God of contracts and petty bargains, or indentures and ...more
Apr 09, 2016 RANGER rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. is one of the most thought-provoking and demanding books I have ever read. Set in 1977, it's ostensibly the tale of Israeli NAZI hunters deep in the Amazon jungle who have caught the biggest fish of them all, Adolf Hitler. As they struggle to carry their quarry back to civilization, their success is discovered by Britain's MI6 monitoring their radio net. Other intelligence services have also listened in. As the word gets out, the outside world, particularly t ...more
Nandakishore Varma
It seems that this book created a much bigger furore than Timur Vermes's Look Who's Back when it was published. Here again, we have the story of a Hitler who escaped the bunker, who is captured by Israeli Nazi Hunters, and who is allowed to talk in his defence at the end. An unrepentant Hitler is allowed to justify his actions, it seems.

I do not know why no one mentioned this novel while the debate over Vermes's book was going on. Anyway, it's a must-read for me.
John Gardner
Jun 19, 2011 John Gardner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you say if given the chance to confront one of the most hated men of the last century? What if your loved ones had suffered and died by his hand?

Welcome to one of the most disturbing and controversial books ever written. The basic premise is simple: It’s 1977. Jewish Nazi-hunters have discovered that Adolf Hitler did NOT die in his Führerbunker, and have tracked him down in a remote hideout in the Amazon. Their goal is to take the 90-year-old man safely and secretly through the jungle
Lane Pybas
Jun 12, 2013 Lane Pybas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In the hands of another writer or Steven Spielberg, this story of a group of Nazi hunters who capture and drag Adolf Hitler out of the Amazon jungle to bring him to trial some thirty years after the end of World War II would likely boil down to a satisfying if easy tale of Jewish revenge. Steiner does much, much more, and the results may not be satisfying to those looking for clear-cut justice. The ending is the most important part of the book, not just because of Hitler’s speech, but also becau ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-novel
There is much to find intriguing about this book, the idea that one of the 20th centuries most hated mass murderer is found alive and will be brought before the courts to answer for his crimes against humanity is almost to good to pass up. IMO the book lacked balance, it rambled on with details unnecessary to further the stories main subject matter. When the characters talk about their thoughts on Hitler, and of course when Hitler actually defends himself in the end of the novel it certainly sti ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking and controversial short novel by George Steiner. A team of Jewish Nazi hunters find an ancient Hitler alive, deep in the Amazon. As they make their way back through the uncharted jungle, word begins to get out and governments around the world prepare for the legal and historic turmoil that will soon result. As the treacherous rainforest wears down on them, the increasingly desperate team decides to put Hitler on trial themselves, with an Indian tracker bearing witness. In a cli ...more
Dec 14, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Adolf Hitler is found, very old but alive, by an Israeli search party in the hellish swamps of Brazil. As various world governments plot and agents and mercenaries speed to the site, the five Israelis hold a crude trial for their prisoner.

A startlingly original novel, written in a confidently worldly style. As a story, it’s compelling enough, but the message behind the story is unexpectedly powerful. There are some fantastic passages, such as the Israeli mastermind’s litany of dead Jews to keep
Elliott Cross
Aug 06, 2013 Elliott Cross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 08, 2013 Liam89 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most arresting, brilliant, heart-freezing books I have ever read. Part alternative history, part philosophical discourse, 'The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H.' is the story of a team of Jewish Nazi-hunters who make the find of the century: Adolf Hitler survived the end of his Reich, and has been living deep in the bowels of the Amazonian rainforest for thirty years. Emmanuel Lieber, a Holocaust survivor who has made it his life's work to track down the Führer, had warned the team to ...more
Dec 23, 2010 Peggy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found this when I was cleaning out bookcases, saw that I bought it way back in the mid-80s and somehow never got around to reading it. Others have summarized it pretty fairly--you also can find the original NYTimes review (quite unfavorable) online. This is not a novel, but an exercise, a speculation with no characters, including A.H., given anything other than cardboard cutout status. Stereotypes abound. The speech at the end has been called anti-Semitic and since Steiner is Jewish, perhaps cou ...more
Mark Botts
Nov 23, 2014 Mark Botts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though the narrative lags a bit, so the philosophical elements can take the floor, this novel works through provocative questions to end on a piercing question. A worthwhile read, again and again.
Vincent A.
Sep 25, 2011 Vincent A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable work that juxaposes the hunt and capture of Adolf Hitler with the horror of the holocast. George Steiner has crafted a passionate and disturbing novel.

"The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H." is worth reading for its beautiful and inventive use of language. In one sentence, the author chronicles the atrocities championed by Hitler. That one sentence, lasting four pages is passionate, vivid, disturbing and brutal. At the same time, it places individual human faces on a vast number of
Mar 19, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steiner is one of the most intelligent men alive (if he is still alive). This is at the least a bold "experimental" novel; at best, an astonishing rendition of a fanciful event, charged with enormous ramifications and visionary sequences. There is a chapter that catalogues the horrors of the holocaust more poignantly than anything I have read. And the conclusion, though outrageous, is brilliant. I have no idea why Steiner wrote this book, and it would appear that most readers don't appreciate it ...more
Alistair Soutter
For the most part this book was incredibly difficult to read, with major chunks being completely irrelevant. However, for the last 10 pages of A.H speech was certainly worth it.
May 30, 2013 D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superbly written work that I imagine has a polarizing effect on all who take the time to read it. Chapter six alone throws more heart wrenching, emotional prose at you than most works give you cover to cover.
A.H.'s scathing defense of his actions and motivations in the final chapter can be described as a psychotic rant, food for thought or a final twist of the knife administered to the victims of the Holocaust.

The true power and message of this work is purely defined by the personal beliefs and
Jun 20, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novel of conjecture that deals with a frustration I believe many people have...what was in Hitler's mind. The ending of World War II left us with much frustration and questions about our humanity.

Mr. Steiner's theory as to Hitler's motivations seems plausible, though controversial...

The character of Lieber is very powerful...his obsession with Hitler is chilling and serves as an example of human obsessions in general...

While there seems to be closure at the end of the novel, I felt none in as
Hypocrite Lecteur
"seventy-eight being the cipher of Tammuz the hanged one"
Jan 14, 2010 Bryce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the premise of this book -- Adolf Hitler is alive years after the end of WWII and hiding in the Amazon; a few Israeli Nazi-hunters go to bring him out -- but was disappointed with the book itself. Essentially, the first 100 pages can be skipped without too many problems. The only reason anyone bothers with this book anyway is Hitler's multipage rant at the end, justifying his crimes.
Brian Keiper
Apr 23, 2013 Brian Keiper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling, provocative, sometimes disturbing, leaving conclusions up to the reader. In other words, what great art should be. It is easy to see why this book was and still is controversial. It forces us to see the man within the monster and the monster within ourselves and that can be very uncomfortable.
Jun 22, 2009 DoctorM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple enough premise: the 90-something Adolf Hitler is captured in the Amazon jungles by Israeli commandos. There on the way back, the aged Hitler offers up his own apologia pro vita sua. Powerful, disturbing, infuriating. Read it.
John Treat

Great idea for a novel, but Steiner doesn't pull it off. The prose style is nearly unreadable, and A.H.'s rant at the conclusion is cliché-ridden. All in all, an inspired disappointment.
Bonnie Ferrante
May 01, 2011 Bonnie Ferrante rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Israelites find Hitler hiding in the jungle at age 90 and have to get him out before everyone grabs him. An examination of the nature of evil.
May 10, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story, some great imagery, and a clever, if ineffective, defense. The media hype today would kill everyone involved.
Steven van Doorn
Jan 17, 2011 Steven van Doorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not an easy read, but I found it very interesting and thought provoking. Especially A.H.'s defense in the last chapter.
Jeremy Maddux
Jul 18, 2014 Jeremy Maddux rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Much potential with the subject matter and premise, but it ultimately falls flat. In a word: boring.
Kristina Handy
A hard, bizarre read.
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Dr. Francis George Steiner is an essayist, novelist, philosopher, literary critic, and educator. He has written for The New Yorker for over thirty years, contributing over two hundred reviews. Among his many awards, he received The Truman Capote Lifetime Achievement Award from Stanford University 1998. He lives in Cambridge, England,
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