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Necropolis (Slovenian Literature)


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ISBN13: 9781564786111
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Boris Pahor spent the last fourteen months of World War II as a prisoner and medic in the Nazi camps at Belsen, Harzungen, Dachau, and Natzweiler. His fellow prisoners comprised a veritable microcosm of Europe—Italians, French, Russians, Dutch, Poles, Germans. Twenty years later, when he visits a camp in the Vosges Mountains that has been preserved as a historical monument, images of his experiences come back to him: corpses being carried to the ovens; emaciated prisoners in wooden clogs and ragged, zebra-striped uniforms, struggling up the steps of a quarry or standing at roll call in the cold rain; the infirmary, reeking of dysentery and death. Necropolis is Pahor’s stirring account of his attempts to provide medical aid to prisoners in the face of the utter brutality of the camps—and of his coming to terms with the ineradicable guilt he feels, having survived when millions did not.


"[D]eserves a place alongside Primo Levi's and Imre Kertesz's masterpieces of Holocaust literature."--La Repubblica


“[D]eserves a place alongside Primo Levi’s and Imre Kertész’s masterpieces of Holocaust literature.”—La Repubblica

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Boris Pahor is a member of the Slovenian national minority in Italy, and is considered among the greatest living writers in the Slovenian language. Several of his works portray the experiences of World War II concentration camp prisoners, and their attempts to reintegrate into everyday life after the war—a process that Pahor, a Dachau survivor, personally experienced.Michael Biggins is a Slavic and East European studies librarian at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. His translations include the memoir Necropolis by Boris Pahor, the novels Northern Lights and Mocking Desire by Drago Jancar, and numerous shorter pieces from Slovenian and Russian.

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Doug Wells, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Doug Wells)
I've always believed that we should learn from history so as not to repeat the horrors of our past. Sometimes, I find it important to read a book that completely immerses me in such insanity. It is hard to give a book about the Holocaust five stars, I certainly cannot say I "liked" it. Necropolis is amazing, haunting, harrowing, and thoroughly, brilliantly human. There are no good answers, but there is so much to learn.
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Pahor, Boris
Dalkey Archive Press
Biggins, Michael
Biggins, Michael
Personal Memoirs
Biography - General
Slovenian Literature Series
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"Synopsis" by , "[D]eserves a place alongside Primo Levi's and Imre Kertesz's masterpieces of Holocaust literature."--La Repubblica
"Synopsis" by , “[D]eserves a place alongside Primo Levi’s and Imre Kertész’s masterpieces of Holocaust literature.”—La Repubblica
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