Liquidation

October 31, 2020
Liquidation

Probably the best novel dealing with the Holocaust in the last40 years.Publisher's Blurb:A masterly new novel from the 2002 Nobel Prize Laureate inLiterature: the story of a Hungarian writer whose death forces hiscircle of friends to confront their own terrible moment inhistory.Ten years have passed since the fall of Communism. B.–a writerof high literary reputation whose birth and survival in Auschwitzdefied all probability–has taken his own life. Among his papers,his friend Kingbitter discovers a play titled Liquidation in whichhe reads an eerie foretelling of the personal and political crisesthat he and B.’s other friends now face: having survived theHolocaust and the years of Communist rule, having experienced thesurge of hopefulness that rose from the rubble of the Wall, theyare left with little but a sense of chaos and an utter loss ofidentity.Kingbitter, desperate to understand his friend’s suicide, beginsa furious search for the novel he believes might be among B.’spapers and might provide the key. But the search takes him inunexpected directions: deep into his own memories and into those ofB.’s ex-wife, Judith, the hidden corners of their lives revealed–tothemselves and to us–at the same time as the mystery of B.’s lifeis slowly unraveled.An intricately layered story of history and humanity–powerful,disturbing, lyrical, achingly suspenseful, brilliantly told.