While looking at the NYT book review page this morning, I read about a controversial new novel. I’m going to order it today. Here’s a fast NYT plot synopsis:
“The Kindly Ones,” the 983-page novel by Jonathan Littell that went on sale on Tuesday, is a fictionalized memoir of a remorseless former Nazi SS officer, who in addition to taking part in the mass extermination of the Jews, commits incest with his sister, sodomizes himself with a sausage and most likely kills his mother and stepfather. Oh, and it’s been translated from the French.”
By MOTOKO RICH
Published: March 3, 2009
Self sodomy with a sausage! I’ll bet that part makes me laugh like a crazy fool! It’s too bad it’s so long, and I wonder if the translation is any good. Well, we shall see. (I may have to skip the incest parts–ick).
The novel won France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, so maybe it’s better than some crtitics are saying…