The Druggist of Auschwitz

A Documentary Novel by Dieter Schlesak

  • Published: Sep 23, 2020

Dieter Schlesak's haunting novel The Druggist of Auschwitzbeautifully translated from the German by John Hargravesis a frighteningly vivid portrayal of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of criminal and victim alike. Adam, known as "the last... read more

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Details of The Druggist of Auschwitz

Exact title of the book
The Druggist of Auschwitz
Book author
Dieter Schlesak
ISBN
9781429958929
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Apr 26, 2011
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
384
File size (in PDF)
3456 kB

Some brief overview of book

Dieter Schlesak's haunting novel The Druggist of Auschwitzbeautifully translated from the German by John Hargravesis a frighteningly vivid portrayal of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of criminal and victim alike. Adam, known as "the last Jew of Schburg," recounts with disturbing clarity his imprisonment at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. Through Adam's fictional narrative and excerpts of actual testimony from the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial of 196365, we come to learn of the true-life story of Dr. Victor Capesius, who, despite strong friendships with Jews before the war, quickly aided in and profited from their tragedy once the Nazis came to power.

Interspersed with historical research and the author's face-to-face interviews with survivors, the novel follows Capesius from his assignment as the "sorter" of new arrivals at Auschwitzdeciding who will go directly to the gas chamber and who will be used for laborthrough his life of lavish wealth after the war to his arrest and eventual trial. Schlesak's seamless incorporation of factual data and testimonywoven into Adam's dreamlike remembrance of a world turned upside downmakes The Druggist of Auschwitz a vital and unique addition to our understanding of the Holocaust.

About author

Schlesak is a German-Romanian poet, novelist, and essayist. He is a member of the German PEN Center and the PEN Centre of German-Speaking Writers Abroad, and has received scholarships and awards from numerous organizations, including the Schiller Foundation and the University of Bucharest. Schlesak was born in Transylvania in 1934 and has lived in Italy and Germany since 1973.

John Hargraves has taught German literature at Yale University and Connecticut College. He is the author of Music in the Works of Broch, Mann, and Kafka and has translated works by Hermann Broch and Elias Canetti, among others. His translation of Michael Kr├╝ger's novel The Executor was awarded the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize.

Hargraves lives in Manhattan and Connecticut.

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