60) Jonathan Littell, The Kindly Ones
, (first published in French, 2006), Vintage Books, London, 2010.
Returning to this aspect of Littell's novel in his autobiography, Lanzmann writes, "Upon reading the passages of The Kindly Ones devoted to the Einsatzgruppen, I had said: 'Only two people are capable of understanding them through and through, Hilberg and I.
It is this use of actual rather than fictional characters as middlemen that makes The Kindly Ones into a piece of historiographic metafiction.
Or, that was the case until Jonathan Little's The Kindly Ones
, all 900 pages of it, was published in Paris in 2006.
The Kindly Ones is a tawdry, familiar tale in comparison to recent novels that covered similar ground, such as William T.
The Kindly Ones, for all its aspirations to profundity, is less a moral challenge than a sheer test of endurance.
Right, directed by Susan Seidelman, and Melissa Scott's novel, The Kindly Ones
, placing them in the dual contexts of the historical development of television and the history of women's science fiction and its representation of gender.
The Furies are transformed into the Euminides or kindly ones
and will now channel their energies for good.
So it was only when I read The Kindly Ones
(DC Comics/ Vertigo), which appears to be the final collection of stories from Neil Gaiman's extraordinary graphic fantasy series, that I found out that--Dream a k a Sandman, Lord Morpheus--had ceased to be.
The series--which includes A Question of Upbringing (1951), A Buyer's Market (1952), The Acceptance World (1955), At Lady Molly's (1957), Casanova's Chinese Restaurant (1960), The Kindly Ones
(1962), The Valley of Bones (1964), The Soldier's Art (1966), The Military Philosophers (1968), Books Do Furnish a Room (1971), Temporary Kings (1973), and Hearing Secret Harmonies (1975)--traces events in the lives of a number of characters from Britain's upper classes and bohemia, following them from adolescence in the 1920s to senescence in the 1970s.
The novels in the series are A Question of Upbringing (1951), A Buyer's Market (1952), The Acceptance World (1955), At Lady Molly ' s (1957), Casanova's Chinese Restaurant (1960), The Kindly Ones
(1962), The Valley of Bones (1964), The Soldier ' s Art (1966), The Military Philosophers (1968), Books Do Furnish a Room (1971), Temporary Kings (1973), and Hearing Secret Harmonies (1975).
Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Little's The Kindly Ones
Authentic and moving as Quigley's The Conductor and Thomas's The Keeper of Secrets are, they pale into insignificance alongside that massive 900-page masterpiece The Kindly Ones
by Jonathan Littell, the greatest novel ever likely to be written about the vast and tragic tableau of World War Two.
The Kindly Ones
maps the tradition from the Greeks to the late 19th century novel, and then through Kafka, Grass and Camus, onto the geography of Hitler's genocidal Europe.
So it should come as no surprise that the recent publication in Germany of Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones
sparked an unprecedented blizzard of controversy.