Gotz and Meyer by David Albahari

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Götz and Meyer, two noncommissioned SS officers, are entrusted with an assignment, "not a big one," but one that "requires efficiency." Their task is to transport five thousand concentration camp prisoners, one hundred at a time, in a hermetically sealed truck in which they are gassed. As Albahari's anonymous narrator, a teacher, obsessively pursues the truth of this systematic annihilation, he shares his findings with his students. Their school bus becomes that truck, and as the memory of Belgrade's lost Jewish souls is evoked, the students are bewildered. Their teacher, exhausted as much by the task of making history come alive as by the toll his research has taken on him, is finally overwhelmed by the horror of his own imaginings.

A masterfully written story of the mass murder of Serbia's Jews in 1942, full of compassion, irony, and lyricism.

About David Albahari

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DAVID ALBAHARI was born in Serbia and emigrated to Canada in 1994. He is the author of eleven novels and nine collections of short stories. His novel G ö tz and Meyer won the ALTA Translationnbsp;Award and was a Barnesnbsp;and Noble Discover selection. Ellen Eilias-Bursac is a contributor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt titles including: "Gotz and Meyer".
Published January 1, 2004 by THE HARVILL PRESS. 180 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, War, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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As the narrator begins to lose his sanity — imagining himself as a German officer, then as a victim — Albahari seems to be warning against the urge to suffocate onself with history.

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In one long unbroken book length paragraph - in some ways reminiscent of WG Sebald, but so many things remind me of Sebald at the moment that I think that it is more likely that Sebald himself references (or, rather, is steeped in) so much other fiction than that so much fiction (as yet) referenc...

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