Book Review: Disbelieving of his own survival

H.G. Adler, the Holocaust-survivor writer who died in 1988, shows us how he was forced to live in two universes.

By ELAINE MARGOLIN
November 27, 2014 15:50
4 minute read.
H.G. Adler

H.G. Adler. (photo credit: COURTESY RANDOM HOUSE)

 
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I felt instantly drawn to H.G. Adler’s thinly disguised autobiographical story, The Wall: A Novel, and never really recovered from the audaciousness of this brilliant writer – who allows us unfettered access to the deepest crevices of his tortured mind.

Arthur Landau is a Holocaust survivor living quietly in England, which he refers to only as the “metropolis,” where he has fled after the war. He has suffered heinous losses and speaks to us directly, though we sense he is really only talking to himself.

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