Sunday, June 26, 2005


Serb by way of Calgary, David Albahari's novel Gotz and Meyer(sorry I don't do umlauts) is due in December of '05. Probably the best Holocaust novel since Anne Michaels' Fugitive Pieces, Gotz and Meyer gives you teacher of teenagers in Belgrade trying to explain the Holocaust to his naive bewildered students. Gotz and Meyer are like Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern, two nearly identical Nazi functionaries with whom the narrator is in constant contact, as shocked as his students that such boring people could be responsible for killing so many innocents. The narrator of course has lost all but a straggling few members of his family to the war and they are scattered about the globe wanting to do nothing but forget the tragedies of the past. An amazing beautiful novel we should all read.

Mister Nouse


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