In my view, Lustig is the finest living Czech author and his work cries out for the Nobel Prize' John Murray, Literary Review
It is September 1944; the war is going badly for the Germans, and they are in a hurry to complete their 'final solution'. Compromises are being made on all sides, conditions are unspeakable, rumours are rife, but nothing definite is known of the Nazis' intentions. On the outskirts of a concentration camp in northern Bohemia three people - two eighteen-year-old men and a desperately lost young woman, Leah - are thrown together, sharing their precarious existence in an attic room. While the world disintegrates around them their relationships are charged with passion, their days filled with erotic and spiritual attraction. Caught in the web of their relationships, their futures are uncertain and any choices they have left to make will be made in the face of almost certain death...
Arnost Lustig was born in Prague in 1926. In 1942 he was sent by the Nazis to Terez-n and, later, first to Auschwitz and then to Buchenwald. He left Czechoslovakia after the Soviet occupation in 1968 to settle in Washington, DC, where he is Professor of Literature at American University. He is two-time winner of the Jewish National Book Award.
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‘IfI were a schoolteacher, I would teach this vivid picture of human evil as moral philosophy’,Praise for Lovely Green Eyes:
'Lovely Green Eyes could be described in the words of Mr Kertesz’s Nobel citation which raised ‘writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history’…A work of extraordinary delicacy’,Praise for Lovely Green Eyes:
‘Among other things, the novel demonstrates that it is possible to write about the most highly charged subjects in such a way as to fulfil the goal of all art: to illuminate what it means to be a human being’,In my view, Lustig is the finest living Czech author and his work cries out for the Nobel Prize