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Book review: The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis

By Robert Collins  

Martin Amis - Zone of Interest

Can you imagine sex, romance and life-alteringly intense passion in Auschwitz? Martin Amis weaves all three into this daring portrait of love during the Holocaust. The result of painstaking research, The Zone of Interest is his most fascinating novel in years. Even its structure sings with an ambition that has been absent from his recent fiction. Amis divides his tale between three narrators: a preening, imbecilic (and fictionalised) commandant of Auschwitz, Paul Doll, with his “cluelessly staring nostrils” and his obsession with operational setbacks (“corpses are…

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