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Anus Mundi

4.51 of 5 stars 4.51  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Ami ebben a pokoljárásban vonzó – különös, hát a borzalomnak is lehet bája? –, az maga a szerző személye, a vézna, szőke fiúé, aki öt esztendőt töltött a halál árnyékában. Tizenkilenc éves volt, amikor a 290-es számot kapta Auschwitzban, s az érkezéskor még azt kérdezte magától: „Auschwitz? Az ördög hallott róla. És milyen lehet egy koncentrációs tábor? Hamarosan megtudom. ...more
Published January 1st 1982 by Editura Politica (first published January 1st 1978)
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Nick Black
Apr 11, 2009 Nick Black rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Well, I suppose I needed to be kicked in the head by a book today. Tonight'll be full of nightmares and I doubt I'll smile before I sleep. Raw and absent the lyricism of Primo Levi, Kielar had a perfect title here; a leitmotif of excrement pervades a text made all the more powerful by its simple, pithy language and chapters of only handfuls of pages. Levi's writings always have a hint of hope, and can be returned to over and over again; Anus Mundi is a dirty thing, an ex-library hardback that fe ...more
Lene Maria
Best book Ive ever read made such an impression on me when reading it for the first time as a teenager I have read it at least 14 times and I could read it again tomorrow :)
Jul 31, 2012 Luna. rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Dacă ar trebui să aleg cele mai marcante cărţi pe care le-am citit, cu siguranţă cea de faţă ar fii în capul listei.
Chiar dacă greoaie, cu numeroase descrieri sângeroase şi dure, a fost una din cărţile pe care îmi venea greu să le las din mână.
Cu siguranţă, ceva inedit a fost descrierea la persoana I a drumului prin iad a evreului cu numărul 290 care în 1945 a reuşit să scape odată cu venirea americanilor...
Fie, sunt aspre încercările prin care se chinuiau evadeze, sau chiar să găsească un loc
I am completely overwhemed by this book that kept me breathless. Of course we all know the general story of Shoah and Auschwitz - Birkenau, but the individual story of this Polish young man, told without sentimentalism and even with self-deprecating remarks is the best kind of reality check one can experience.
The most important episode, to me, was at the end of the book, where the narrator returns the things he had taken from the very young German prisoner, in remorse for having hit him. I hope
Dan Sifri
My wife and I visited Poland a few years ago. In Kazimierz, the"Jewish Quarter" of Krakow (With no Jews alive there...) We came across a shop there – and got this book in German "Anus Mundi"- memoirs of Auschwitz so I bought it, This is in
Latin and means "asshole of the world"... It is not of course the first memoir I've read about Auschwitz, but I have always read books written by Jews. For me this book is unique in the sense that it was written by a Polish Christian. Wiesław Kielar a Polish t
Wolfe Tone
Perhaps the best book I've read on the holocaust. Not as philosophical or humane as Primo Levi, not poetic either. Just cold, hard truths from a man who was among the first to arrive in Auschwitz, and the last to leave. This story focusses simply on the life and death of Kielar himself and his fellow prissoners. The title is aptly chosen since a lot of the story deals with food, blood and excrements. The raw truth of the Shoah. A brutal read.
Laura  Alexandra
This book gives you nothing but the realest insight of what it meant be there, in Auschwitz. It feels so real that you can almost feel the taste of what they ate, the smell of the burned ones and undoubtedly you can feel the pain through all the pages. Ironically, you will have moments when you feel relief and even happiness. It's a must read for everyone.
Jürgen Smit
Een boek dat toen ik het als kind las een enorme indruk op me maakte - waarschijnlijk het eerste boek over de concentratiekampen dat ik ooit onder ogen kreeg - & voor diegene die Traliewoud hebben gelezen, bij deze : het gekafte boek uit korte mouwen in december
I finished reading this book second time like yesterday and the more I think about Anus Mundi, the more I recommend it. I am almost positive that this book is actually one of my favourite Auschwitz memoirs. 4,5/5
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