Reviews

  • "All-around hero of the twentieth century"

    The Believer
  • "It's no wonder that this strange, hypnotic book goes on vanishing and being rediscovered.It speaks of things it hurts our souls to know about: above all, the diabolic mutuality - call it a dependence, call it love, even - that exists between a tyrant and those he tyrannises.With the most terrible lucidity, Hans Keilson tracks this shaming, murderous relationship to its savage end'"

    Howard Jacobson
  • "For busy, harried or distractible readers who have the time and energy only to skim the opening paragraph of a review, I'll say this as quickly and clearly as possible: The Death of the Adversary... [is a] masterpiece, and Hans Keilson is a genius... Rarely has a finer, more closely focused lens been used to study such a broad and brutal panorama, mimetically conveying a failure to come to grips with reality by refusing to call that reality by its proper name... Rarely have such harrowing narratives been related with such wry, off-kilter humor, and in so quiet a whisper. Read these books and join me in adding him to the list of the world's very greatest writers"

    Francine Prose, New York Times Book Review
  • "The events he describes throw up two reoccurring themes, which are at the heart of this book: the power and depth of hatred and triumph over adversity... His age is incredible. His memories overwhelm. His mind, lucid and greater than the entire 20th century"

    El Pais
  • "The story is amazing: Hans Keilson, born in 1909, is a German Jew who, during World War II, became a member of the Dutch resistance, then a novelist and psychiatrist specializing in the war trauma of children, and is still living, at almost 101, near Amsterdam. Half a lifetime ago, he gave up fiction for his practice... Then, this year, he is rediscovered... It's as if, one morning, we were to learn that not only had Anne Frank survived the secret annex but was also still among us"

    Los Angeles Times