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The Portage to San Cristóbal of A.H. by George Steiner
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May 21, 2007

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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 bribes," then compares himself favorably to Stalin. If you don't want to slog through the "plot", skip to this speech: last six pages.
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