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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 140007505X, Paperback)Imre Kert?sz’s savagely lyrical and suspenseful new novel traces the continuing echoes the Holocaust and communism in the consciousness of contemporary Eastern Europe.
Ten years after the fall of communism, a writer named B. commits suicide, devastating his circle and deeply puzzling his friend Kingsbitter. For among B.’s effects, Kingsbitter finds a play that eerily predicts events after his death. Why did B.–who was born at Auschwitz and miraculously survived–take his life? As Kingsbitter searches for the answer –and for the novel he is convinced lies hidden among his friend’s papers–Liquidation becomes an inquest into the deeply compromised inner life of a generation. The result is moving, revelatory and haunting.
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"Ten years have passed since the fall of Communism. B. - a writer of high literary reputation whose birth and survival in Auschwitz defied all probability - has taken his own life. Among his papers, his friend Kingbitter discovers a play titled Liquidation in which he reads an eerie foretelling of the personal and political crises that he and B.'s other friends now face: having survived the Holocaust and the years of Communist rule, having experienced the surge of hopefulness that rose from the rubble of the Wall, they are left with little but a sense of chaos and an utter loss of identity." "Kingbitter, desperate to understand his friend's suicide, begins a furious search for the novel he believes might be among B.'s papers and might provide the key. But the search takes him in unexpected directions: deep into his own memories and into those of B.'s ex-wife, Judith, the hidden corners of their lives revealed - to themselves and to us - at the same time as the mystery of B.'s life is slowly unraveled."--BOOK JACKET.
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