Blogcritics Review

Ted Gioia at Blogcritics has written an interesting review that focuses on what he calls Littell’s “bureaucratization of evil.”

“If Hannah Arendt grabbed our attention by calling attention to the ‘banality of evil’ from this chapter in history, then Littell is the writer who shows us ‘the bureaucratization of evil.’ This is no small achievement. The institutionalization and bureaucratization of genocide must stand out as the most horrific development of the twentieth century, yet it is also the most difficult to portray in literary form. We grasp the Holocaust in small pieces, but how can a storyteller muster not just the courage, but more specifically the narrative structure, to grab on to the larger tragedy?” Read more.

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