Attacking both state socialism and market capitalism, expressing the rage of those growing up in one system and suddenly under another, the urgency reminded me of Joyce and Pynchon more than Topol's Prague predecessor, Kafka.
27 Aug 2013
The eccentric title is a reference to the novel's putative subject, the assassinated Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, "the most dangerous man in the Third Reich, the Hangman of Prague, the Butcher, the Blond Beast, the Man with the Iron Heart, the worst creature ever forged in the burning fires of hell."
30 Jul 2012
This story of an improbable friendship between an eight-year-old German and a boy in a concentration camp is a standard if unimpressive Holocaust drama with a completely irresponsible ending.
18 Jul 2011
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