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Hasen

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  5 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Two young boys live by their wits in what seems to be an idyllic, almost paradisiacal forest until the reader learns that their domain abuts a Nazi concentration camp.

This extraordinary and terrifying novel is a study of innocence and cruelty, of the sweet and the wild (the hare, hasen), and the bestial and the trapped. It is the story of two friends boys, really their cle
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Paperback, 142 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by David R. Godine Publisher
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Tara
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Came across this in a remainder pile and finally got the chance to read it. Sorry to see so few reviews and hoping this one will bring it more attention. Anyone who reads literary fiction, WW II novels, will appreciate this little gem. It reminds me of Visitation. Bercovitch has his own writing style. At times I had to reread sentences. They are thick with alliteration and unique vocabulary. There were times I felt I did not need to know the names of each type of fauna, but still, I c ...more
David R. Godine
Dec 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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"A powerful, disturbing, unsettling piece of work. It holds one throughout."
— Irving Howe

"Hasen is the most original approach to aspects of the holocaust that I have seen... a grim, powerful fable. No one who reads it is likely to forget it soon."
— Edmund Fuller, The Wall Street Journal

"... this beautifully structured, exquisitely written little book is one of the most haunting and harrowing fictional experiences in many years—a Lord of the Flies concentration camp warfare that is both cynical a
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