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About Evil, Part 4

The previous installment in this ‘About Evil’ series noted how Maximilien Aue, the narrator of Littell’s The Kindly Ones, managed to deny that Untersturmführer Döll was properly to be regarded as evil, despite his participation in exterminations as a guard … Continue reading

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About Evil, Part 3

The previous installment in this series introduced the person of Ikonnikov from Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate and contrasted his character with that of Untersturmführer Döll in Littell’s The Kindly Ones. Both men are interesting in themselves, but Döll is … Continue reading

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About Evil, Part 2

(continued from here) In Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones, it is repeatedly, variously, and insistently noted how no person is of his own making, since each person finds himself in contexts, in situations which are forced upon him and which … Continue reading

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About Evil, Part 1

In Jonathan Littell’s controversial and award winning novel, The Kindly Ones (New York: HarperCollins, 2009), Maximilien Aue, the main character who had been a Nazi officer during World War II, asserts that the Nazi systematic mass slaughters of such non-combatants … Continue reading

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