Nine suitcases

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Jonathan Cape, 23.03.2004 - 324 Seiten
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First appearing in May 1946 at a time when there was, of course, no “Holocaust literature,”Nine Suitcasesappeared in weekly installments in Haladás. Concentrating on his experiences in the ghetto of Nagyvárad and as a forced labourer in the Ukraine, Zsolt provides not only a rare insight into Hungarian fascism, but a shocking exposure of the cruelty, selfishness, cowardice and betrayal of which human beings – the victims no less than the perpetrators – are capable of in extreme circumstances. Apart from being one of the earliest writers on the Holocaust, Zsolt is also one of the most powerful: he bears comparison with Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel or Imre Kertész.Nine Suitcasesis a horror story but, sadly, a true one. Zsolt was both a journalist and an accomplished novelist. He reports and analyzes the appalling events almost immediately after they occurred, with a devastating blend of despair and cool detachment. Yet for all the imaginative qualities of the writing, the crucial facts are authentic. Set in a very dark period of modern European history, interspersed with moments of grotesque farce, grim irony and occasional memories of human kindness, Zsolt’s nightmarish but meticulously realistic chronicle of smaller and larger crimes against humanity is as riveting as it is horrifying.

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Review: Nine Suitcases: A Memoir

Nutzerbericht  - Kelly Mahaney - Goodreads

This was a great book on the Holocaust, one of the best I have ever read. Originally published in Hungary in weekly installments starting in 1946, it tells the story of Béla Zsolt's experiences in the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Review: Nine Suitcases: A Memoir

Nutzerbericht  - Tress Huntley - Goodreads

A second reading felt necessary after finishing The Invisible Bridge. Words don't suffice for how frightening and honest this is. The worst thing about it is it's true. Should be required reading. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Bela Zsolt was one of Hungary's best-known writers in the early twentieth century. He found refuge in Switzerland in 1944, and returned to Hungary in 1945 and became an anti-communist member of parliament. He died in 1949.

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