Dr Max Aue is a family man and owner of a lace factory in post-war France. He is an intellectual steeped in philosophy, literature, and classical music. He is also a former SS intelligence officer and cold-blooded assassin. He was an observer and then a participant in Nazi atrocities on the Eastern Front, he was present at the siege of Stalingrad, at the death camps, and finally caught up in the overthrow of the Nazis and the nightmarish fall of Berlin. His world was peopled by Eichmann, Himmler, Göring, Speer and, of course, Hitler himself. Max is looking back at his life with cool-eyed precision; he is speaking out now to set the record straight.
"It is a great achievement to have made this horrific tale recounted by such a profoundly unsympathetic character so gripping... a great work of literary fiction, to which readers and scholars will turn for decades to come " Anthony Beevor The Times
Jonathan Littell, 1967 in New York geboren, in Frankreich aufgewachsen, Studium in Yale (USA). Zwischen 1993 und 2001 arbeitete er für die humanitäre Organisation "Aktion gegen den Hunger" (ACF) in Bosnien und Afgha - nistan, im Kongo und in Tschetschenien. Littell lebt mit seiner Familie in Barcelona. Für seinen Roman Die Wohlgesinnten (dt. 2008) erhielt er 2006 den Grand Prix du Roman der Académie Française und den prestige - trächtigsten französischen Literaturpreis Prix Goncourt.