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Esta novela demuestra una vez más que a Martin Amis no le tiembla el pulso a la hora de abordar temas controvertidos. Después de la demoledora Lionel Asbo. El estado de Inglaterra, que levantó ampollas por su crudo retrato de lo peor de la sociedad británica, el autor regresa al nazismo y al Holocausto, que ya había tratado en La flecha del tiempo. Y lo hace desde un ángul ...more
Kindle Edition, Panorama de narrativas #906, 312 pages
Published September 30th 2015 by Anagrama (first published September 30th 2014)
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Linda YES!!! I finished it in two days after I got started. It is horrible. But, if people lived it I can at least read about it, so I know what really happ…moreYES!!! I finished it in two days after I got started. It is horrible. But, if people lived it I can at least read about it, so I know what really happened. Life is horrible sometimes.(less)
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Violet wells
It’s like some accident befell Martin Amis half way through his career. Without ever quite writing the masterpiece expected of him he did write a series of brilliant and very funny novels. Then, all of a sudden, he collapsed. He lost his mojo. Yellow Dog is probably the worst novel in history written by a first rate novelist. Since then we’ve had House of Meetings, The Pregnant Widow and Lionel Asbo, all lacking the vitality and high wire virtuosity of his earlier work. Now he’s chosen to write ...more
Kemper
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-lit, 2015, war
I’ve noted in reviews of the three other Martin Amis novels I’ve read that he’s got this incredible knack for writing despicable people while still making them funny and entertaining. But doing a book about Nazis running a concentration camp?

Well, you can’t say the man isn’t willing to take on a challenge.*

The story is told by first person accounts from three men. Angelus Thomsen is a Nazi officer and nephew to Martin Bormann whose hobby is seducing women. He’s got his eye on Hannah, the wife of
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Maciek
Time's Arrow, Martin Amis's earlier book, was an interesting experiment - it begins at the end, and has a Nazi doctor return from death and life his life backwards. He talks in reverse and acts in reverse - hurts healthy patients before sending them home, breaks up with women before seducing them, and grows increasingly younger. The novel's trick is Todd not being its narrator - there entity narrating the events is never named but can be seen as his conscience (or soul, if you prefer) as it near ...more
Bettie
Germany to probe Nazi-era medical science

Description: From one of England's most renowned authors, an unforgettable new novel that provides a searing portrait of life-and, shockingly, love-in a concentration camp.

Once upon a time there was a king, and the king commissioned his favorite wizard to create a magic mirror. This mirror didn't show you your reflection. It showed you your soul-it showed you who you really were.

The wizard couldn't look at it without turning away. The king couldn't look a
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MJ Nicholls
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Amis novel since my abandonment in 2010 following an enraged reading of House of Meetings (no doubt devoured in part on an ice-cold bus from Inverness following a disappointing summer), a meview that begins with a flounce: “This is the last Amis novel I will ever read.” Four years hence, why the flipflop, why once again do I part the enormous hardback covers for a peek into Amisland? Because I remember the good times—The Information, London Fields, Money. The Good Times. And now ...more
Anthony Vacca
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some Reviewerly Hmmm-ing Before the Review

A thought I had the other night during a long night of swapping lies with a friend: What if Hitler hadn’t been the prissy genocidist that we unfortunately all know too well, and instead had written Mein Kampf as a staggering work of satire to rank with Gulliver’s Travels or Les 120 journées de Sodome? The question led then to the question: Would Swift have managed over the cannibalization of the Irish poor (to make a metaphor with a different work of th
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Susan
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent, thought provoking novel, which attempts to look at the holocaust from the human perspective of four different characters. Firstly, there is Paul Doll, Commandant of a concentration camp; ruler of who he surveys, but oddly uncomfortable in his own marriage and battling bureaucracy in Berlin over numbers, cost and the various details of committing mass murder for the least cost and most profit. His wife, Hannah Doll, is also an important character. A woman, a wife, a mother a ...more
Jill
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How does an author – who was not alive at the time – write about arguably mankind’s darkest and most evil moment? Does he write in hushed whispers or clear outrage? Or does he accept the absurdity and senselessness of the Holocaust and use his art to convey that illogicality?

Martin Amis has chosen the latter route. Let me first say that the publicist’s blurb has done the book a huge disservice: “The Zone is Interest is a love story with a violently unromantic setting.”

Well…no. Or at least, not r
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Matt
Oct 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Here's a polished, neatened-up version of my review: http://artsfuse.org/116991/fuse-book-...


It’s safe to say that Martin Amis has never shied away from controversial subjects. Over a three-decade career, the eminent novelist and essayist has consistently delved into prickly subjects like nuclear war (Einstein’s Monsters), Thatcherite greed (Money), terrorism (Yellow Dog) and Stalinist horror (The House of Meetings). After the breakthrough success of The Rachel Papers, his second book bore the t
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Mona
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book as part of Goodread's first reads program. Opinions are mine, etc.

How do you bring dark comedic satire into a place laughter cannot tread, into modern human history's most brutal chapter? This is a story of petty workplace issues among a bunch of eccentric figures, with one difference-- the setting of the story is a concentration camp. In the backdrop of our comedy, trains filled with the condemned Jewish people of Europe screech into the station every day, and the air is
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Sarah
This was a four star book for me right up until it abruptly stopped in the middle of the story and went to the Aftermath part. That went beyond anti-climactic and right into running into a brick wall and dashing my brains out.

I'm hard pressed to say what this book was about. It takes place in a concentration camp at the end of WWII. Each part has the same three narrators: Thomsen, our main character and the man that's involved in the love story that is described in some blurbs; Doll, the Kommand
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AC
Stunning. Enormously underrated. Intelligent, unflinching, and deeply moving. Review to follow, perhaps.

Reread this in Summer 2020 — for use in a class. It held up very well. See my review of Jean Améry.
Toby
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wonder when the tipping point occurred, where a new Martin Amis novel stopped being a disappointment because we expect so much of him, and became a pleasant surprise when anything genuinely good could be gleaned from its pages. That’s not to say there’s nothing to enjoy in Yellow Dog or Lionel Asbo, or that House of Meetings wasn’t actually really quite an affecting read; I simply mean that the Amis narrative seems to have hit a point where anything he says or does that doesn’t make vast swath ...more
Sharon
I almost don't know where to begin with my review because in all honesty, I'm not even sure I understood this book. I've never read anything by Martin Amis, and I don't think I'll be seeking him out again. The way he writes women (and about women) in this book doesn't appeal to me at all.

This is set in 1942, during the Holocaust. It's a story told from three points of view - Angelus "Golo" Thomsen (what is he? No idea. Some kind of Nazi involved with expanding the camp...I think), Paul Doll (ca
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Philippe Malzieu
Marivaux at Dachau ? This book feels suffers. Lucifer go away from it. Gallimard, his historical editor refuses to publish it. Amis is complain to justify himself. All that for that ?
It is not the fist time that « Final solution » is described by nazis. If I remember, it is Merle who began with « La mort est mon métier ». But the absolute reference is « The kindly one » of Jonathan Littel. I save to you the inevitable reference to Arendt.
In short, nazis fuck and drink while deportees are gassed
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Victor Eustáquio
Definitely the masterpiece of Martin Amis
Marthe Bijman
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me about three chapters in to realize what I was reading about – where this novel is set, and in which time. The language - a mixture of German, English, Polish words, an Austrian dialect, and Nazi slang – would make much of this inaccessible to people who do not speak the languages. I do. But even so, referring to “Stucke” - which in proper German is Stücke, meaning pieces, to refer to body parts of chopped up Jewish prisoners – takes some getting used to.

Another example is “Kat Zet I".
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Andrew Robins
Halfway through this book, I was convinced I hated it. The irritating Amis literary tics are all manifested here to one extent or another - the self satisfying overuse of German phrases (later we hear words to the effect that the Holocaust could only have happened "In German", that being the point), the conveyance of "blokeishness" from a very "unblokeish" writer (take a look at Lionel Asbo for an idea how cringemaking Amis can be when it comes to the social sneer), the use of numbers throughout ...more
Gaylord Dold
Mostly an ossuary, the lamentable twentieth century and its Nazi Holocaust remains on Martin Amis’ mind. And why wouldn’t it, given that there is no adequate response to Primo Levi’s question “Warum?, which the Auschwitz survivor asked of his German guard. The guard replied, “Hier ist kein warum.” Why? Here there is no why.

Nevertheless, Amis, one of the premier fiction stylists working in the English language, continues to ask, trying to worm his way through to some sort of analysis of that whic
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Matt
“All of a sudden the phone’s jumping off the hook: Lothar Fey of the Air Defence Authority, angrily complaining, if you please, about our nocturnal conflagrations! Is it any wonder I’m going out of my mind?”

- the Nazi commandant of Monolitz-Buna complaining about the Luftwaffe being on his arse regarding the amount of smoke his camp’s emitting from burning bodies
Phil On The Hill
Sep 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, bt-book-club
I did not enjoy this book. This was my first exposure to Martin Amis, an author about whom I know almost nothing. Apart from his father being Kingsley Amis.

It tells a simple tale of three characters dueing the years 1941 to 1948. An extermination camp commandant, Paul Doll, A nephew of Boormann, Golo Thomsen and Szmul a Jewish labourer at the camp. The core story is Thomsen falls in love with Doll’s wife Hannah, who is essentially unobtainable beauty, he cannot have. After the war she does not t
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Cassy
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those seeking a stylized, thoughtful and thoroughly confusing look at the Holocaust from German POV
Recommended to Cassy by: Big name author, plus Texas Book Festival '14
Amis' writing reminds me of James Ellroy's, which is both a compliment and a rebuke.

Both men have a highly stylized way with words that I find crudely beautiful (or perhaps beautifully crude). It's refreshing to find writers who break the mold. And, more so with Amis, there is wit, yearning and subversive humor.

Yet, both leave you in a constant state of mild confusion. What's the plot? Who is this? Who did what? Why, why, why?

In some ways, I respect this approach. Particularly the "why", whic
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Neil Fox
Martin Amis' "The Zone of interest" is a dark, disturbing satire on the banality and casual nature of evil brutality. Set in a Nazi concentration camp in Poland, the story is alternately narrated by 3 characters, the scheming womanizing Golo Thomsen, the "Sodernkommandofuher" or collaborating prisoner Szmul, and the sadistic camp commandant Paul Doll. The dehumanization and mechanization of the business of death is achieved through the adoption of formal language and the avoidence of direct refe ...more
Roman Clodia
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You come to the Zone of Interest and it tells you who you are”

This isn’t, of course, the first time that Amis has grappled with the indecipherable nature of the Holocaust but this is, I think, a better novel than Time’s Arrow. It’s also a very Amis approach to that topic, shot through with the darkest, blackest humour as Kommandant Doll struggles with the ‘nightmare’ job of genocide that the Nazi bureaucrats back in Berlin just won’t understand. But it is also heightened by the desperate and te
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LindaJ^
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Martin Amis. I thought it was well-written. While the reader was good, this is one I am going to have to re-read on paper. I did not always catch when the narrator of the story changed (there were three), especially at the beginning.

The bulk of the story takes place in Auschwitz (not called that in the book). The three narrators are Doll (the camp commandant), Thomsen (a mid to high level 0fficer at the camp), and Smzul (the head of the Jewish crew that cleans up after
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Jack
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in a WWII concentration camp, this biting satire and brilliant exploration of the remaining buds and bare shreds of humanity is the best read I've had in ages. A must for Amis fans, a great starter if you haven't read him before. ...more
Robert
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people, some of them might even be readers of his books, but not all, have a big problem with Martin Amis. I’m a great admirer of his work (Success, Money, London Fields, Time’s Arrow, The Information and his autobiography Experience) but I’ve had my difficulties over the years in particular with Yellow Dog.

I’ve struggled to understand the antipathy to Amis’s work. To me he’s one of those rare writers who forges sentences that no other writer can. But then again that might be his probl
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Russell Chee
Perhaps I'm just not literary enough for Mr Amis.

His narration is indeed infinitely humorous, especially that of Paul Doll, the slightly drunken (and as we come to realise, rather unreliable) narrator of the second part of every chapter.

The second part, you say? Yes, that's one of the unique stylistic features of this book - it comprises six chapters which are each split into three parts, each narrated by a different individual. This is where things start to go downhill. The main character, vari
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Breinholt Dorrough
Phenomenal.
Paul Fulcher
The best part of Zone of Interest is Martin Amis's afterword, where he provides a personal survey of holocaust literature, both fictional and non-fictional, and explains his rationale for writing the novel.

The Zone of Interest is written by three alternating narrators.

The first, a nephew of Martin Bormann, is the most complex. He starts seemingly as a callous and amoral individual, treating Auschwitz primarily as a game and a fertile hunting ground for his amorous conquests. But following a pass
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Martin Amis is an English novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His works include the novels Money, London Fields and The Information.

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