The Inventory by Gila Lustiger
A Novel

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Beginning with a love story and ending with a ledger of its character's fates, The Inventory examines the ways in which the lives of ordinary citizens intersect in a society where persecution and extermination become daily events. We see Volker Tilling, a high-school student tortured by the Gestapo because of his vague association with the Young Socialist Workers brigade; Werner Kurig, a renowned opera singer who is beaten for suspicion of homosexuality; and little Anna Rossner, whose mental disability sends her-trustingly-to the camps. Written with a surprising, analytic tone, ringed with irony and sarcasm, The Inventory bears the authenticity of reportage in its terrifying register of the Holocaust.

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Published January 9, 2001 by Arcade Publishing. 294 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Frankfurt-born but Paris-dwelling Lustiger debuts with a pastiche-like novel of 35 short pieces that look into the Holocaust-era lives both of Germans and of Jews. The result has an unusual, almost stuttering quality, like an antique movie with a present-day voice, while many of the moments are f...

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A series of loosely interlocking narrative snapshots tells the story of a small community of characters in Germany before, during and after WWII, where hero and villain alike fear and doubt what they

Jan 01 2001 | Read Full Review of The Inventory: A Novel

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