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At the start of this subtle look at the price of the war on terror from Hungarian author Kertész (Liquidation), Antonio Martens, a policeman in an unnamed Latin American country, awaits trial for multiple counts of murder after the regime that employed him was toppled. Martens tells how he was transferred from the criminal investigative branch of the police to the Corps, a security unit, where, unfettered by any meaningful restraints, he pursued the case of Federigo and Enrique Salinas, a father and son who operated the country's leading department store chain and were suspected of plotting treason. Kertész, who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature, charts Martens's incremental descent into barbarism to chilling effect. This relevant and timely political allegory will remind many of J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians. (Jan.)
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“Appealingly meditative. . . . A compelling story, with a clever twist. . . . Kertész writes with characteristic lucidity, grace, and grim-gay humor.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A sophisticated and brilliant dissection of nihilistic power and its servants.”
—Times Literary Supplement (London)
“A timeless, placeless parable. . . . A chilling procedural of moral degradation.”
—New York Magazine
"Hopefulness in the face of tragedy makes Kertesz a joy to read, even when he describes our darkest horrors."
"Kertesz spins a deeply self-conscious web of psychological drama."
—The New York Sun
From the Trade Paperback edition.