At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities

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At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities

By Jean Améry
Indiana University Press, 1980
111 pp. $12.50
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A genre by itself, not unlike Jacobo Timerman's recent account: autobiographical reflections on the unimaginable scenes of torture and on the routinization of cruelty. Améry, an intellectual born in Vienna and raised in the Belgian Resistance before his years in Auschwitz, writes with the authenticity of experience, a controlled and informed passion, and a very considerable intelligence. In the growing literature on survival at the limits, this book will have a special place, with its contemplative tone and introspective honesty.

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