The Emperor of Lies
It would seem all the more difficult, then, from this remove in time and after so much retelling, to write a freshly felt, fully absorbing novel about the Holocaust — and yet that is precisely what Steve Sem-Sandberg has done. It is even more unexpected given that the novel, which has been translated from the Swedish, co ...more
The Book Report: "There's no business like Shoah business." It's cynical, it's infuriating, and it's inevitable that this huge, horrific, and richly dramatic story should be exploited in a million different ways. This novel manages, seventy years after the fact, to find a new and interesting, if completely depressing, angle on the oft-told tale: The life and times of Chaim Rumkowski, the Eldest Jew as the Germans called him, ...more
Some books puzzle me, the lavish praise they attract puzzles, verbal excesses that seem to set the world on one side and me on the other. I feel like the little girl who wants to cry out please, look; the emperor is naked!
It was a mood that came across me when I read The Kindly Ones, Jonathan Littell’s tome-like novel set in the Second World War. One hysterical commendation placed on the dust jacket by the publisher (naturally) compared it to War and Peace. It’s complete ru ...more
Back in the land of Heidi and gruesome murder mysteries, The Emperor of Lies was big bestseller. It is a prize winning novel about the Lodzghetto by Steve Sem-Sandberg. Thanks to Sarah Death it has been translated into English.
The novel is based o ...more
The literary world is, of course (as Schama readily accepts) hardly placed to issue any kind of moratorium on Holocaust literature, and for all those who could not begin to contemplate wad ...more
so, was Mordechai chaim rumkowski a megalomaniacal monster bent on sexually molesting his many orphans and ripping off as many jews of th ...more
Simon Schama at The Financial Times says it so much better than I ever could: whatever is the point? If you are disposed to try to understand the unfathomable Holocaust, this tawdry novel is not going to help you, and if it is the only book about the Holocaust ...more
The ghetto at Łódź, Poland has existed for two years. Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, the Nazi nominated “elder of Jews” is asked to supply 20,000 Jews for deportation. The lies and shadows of this complex man cover many pages of this book.
Adam Rzepin lives with his father and mentally ill sister. Adam is trying to survi ...more
Ég veit ekki hvað það er við helfararbókmenntir sem gerir þær svona óþolandi. Mér þótti það áður en ég skrifaði Illsku, vel að merkja, og var ein aðalástæðan fyrir því að é ...more
The detail is extraordinnary as is the standard of writing..an unusually high standard these days...and althogh it is unrelentingly grim, that gets you to read on.
You'll be staggered at how people behave when you know it is factually based.
The one issue is: you don't engage with anyone as nobody is really sympath ...more
Farrar Straus Giroux
More than usual with Holocaust books, the story is overshadowed by what most people know to be the outcome, so everything feels entirely futile, and misguided.
Definitely worth pushing through, but this is not a book you can just finish in a day.
To be surrounded by danger, by violence and the threat of violence, every moment of your life is an incomparable experience, no matter what place or historical age that it may be. To know your own evil, and to be...more
Rumkowski is usually thought of as a bad man, not because he collaborated with the Germans per se (what choice exactly did he have about that?) but because of the way he did so, in contrast to eg Adam Czerniakow, leader of the Warsaw ghetto. He believed (or pretended that he believed?) that if he could show the Germans how productive his ghetto was, they would allow it to remain in business, and refrain from kill ...more
Ik heb hier op goodreads in een kritiek op het boek gelezen dat de verhaallijn ...more
The novel revolves around Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski and his dynamics within the Lodz Ghetto in Poland during World War II. His actions have been debated, applauded and also detested throughout the decades. His motivations have been questio ...more
Known as the "Chairman," Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski led the Jewish Council, the governing body of the Lodz Ghetto in German occupied Poland. He was a person of immense ambition with a vision that industrialization would make the ghetto community indispensible to the Germans.
The Chairman's dream was that the Lodz Ghetto would become a place where "here the lamp of industry would be kept burning, here there was production as had never been seen before. And everyone had some ...more
Aralık, 1939’da kurulan ve “Litzmannstadt” olarak adlandırılan gettoda en ince ayrıntısına kadar şeytanca planlanmış Yahudi Soykırımı’nın nasıl gerçekleştiği ve yankılandığına dair gerçek bir edebiyat. Steve Sem-Sandberg, okuyucuyu dört yıl süresince aç bırakılan ve ağır koşullarda çalıştırılan 200,000 Yahudinin yaşad ...more
I have the last week been visiting Lods, Warszawa and fragments of ghetto Wall and the Uprising Museum, Auswitch and also doing a lot of geocaching where e.g. visiting places like the Russian graves in Lodz, the "Monument to the Victims of the Katyń Massacre." 30000 Polish soldier where kilked - in Wroclaw, visiting station Radegast i Lodz where the Jews where sent to Auswitch ...more