The Zone Of Interest

Paperback | July 7, 2015

byMartin Amis

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From one of England's most renowned authors, a critically acclaimed and unforgettable new novel that provides a searing portrait of life--and, shockingly, love--in a concentration camp.

     Once upon a time there was a king, and the king commissioned his favourite wizard to create a magic mirror. This mirror didn't show you your reflection. It showed you your soul--it showed you who you really were. The wizard couldn't look at it without turning away. The king couldn't look at it. The courtiers couldn't look at it. A chestful of treasure was offered to anyone who could look at it for 60 seconds without turning away. And no one could.
     The Zone of Interest is a love story with a violently unromantic setting. Can love survive the mirror? Can we even meet each other's eye, after we have seen who we really are? In a novel powered by both wit and pathos, Martin Amis excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul.

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From one of England's most renowned authors, a critically acclaimed and unforgettable new novel that provides a searing portrait of life--and, shockingly, love--in a concentration camp.     Once upon a time there was a king, and the king commissioned his favourite wizard to create a magic mirror. This mirror didn't show you your reflec...

MARTIN AMIS is the author of 13 previous novels, the memoir Experience, 2 collections of stories, and 6 non-fiction books. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 0.66 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0676977847

ISBN - 13:9780676977844

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Praise for The Zone of Interest:"Martin Amis is at his most compelling as a satiric vivisectionist with a cool eye and an unwavering scalpel.... Amis's great gift is a corrosively satiric voice, often very funny, zestfully profane, obscene, and scatological. Jonathan Swift's 'savage indignation,' backed with Swift's passionate morality, infuses Amis's most characteristic work." Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker"The Zone of Interest is a tour de force of sheer verbal virtuosity, and a brilliant, celestially upsetting novel inspired by no less than a profound moral curiosity about human beings. It's stunning." Richard Ford"Martin Amis's excruciating and masterful new Auschwitz novel The Zone of Interest imagines what life would have been like on the administrative fringes of the concentration camp." Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail"One of the most profound, powerful and morally urgent novels I've read in years, a benchmark for what serious literature can achieve. The Zone of Interest is, simply put, a masterpiece." Anthony Marra, San Francisco Chronicle"The Zone of Interest is an uncomfortably funny novel and utterly absorbing." James Grainger, Toronto Star