Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
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Review of The Thief of Auschwitz (9781479236664) - Foreword Reviews

Review of The Thief of Auschwitz (9781479236664) - Foreword Reviews

There is nothing forgiving in the landscape of The Thief of Auschwitz , yet Jon Clinch renders a portrait that is at once redemptive and enduring. One might wonder what more could be said about one of the most brutal moments in mankind's history. Clinch answers with an evocative story that reminds us that it is because of the impermanence of evil that we are able to sustain ourselves in its midst. Perhaps most remarkably, The Thief of Auschwitz is also a love story.

Clinch threads two narratives throughout the novel: One about Jacob, Eidel, Max, and Lydia Rosen and their brutal Death camp experience in 1942; Max has spent his lifetime trying to replicate the painting of a young girl who is once hung in the middle of nowhere.

The camp commandant's office. Painted by his mother and taken from her when she arrived at Auschwitz, it was his sister. Of his efforts to resuscitate his lost past, Max says, "Failure to expand your horizons is a terrible thing, in an artist or in anybody. It's the closest thing to death, I think. It might even be worse than death. It's death in life. "

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There are numerous" thieves "in The Thief of Auschwitz , from prisoners bartering for food to SS officers and Nazi guards who steal from the dead. Even Max's father "thieves" a job in order to save Eidel's life, or, at least, postpone her death.

Throughout this timeless masterpiece, the author deftly applies brushstrokes of ineffable tenderness and circumspection-a testament, in his own right, to Jon Clinch's mastery of the writing craft.

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