By Joaquim Amat-Piniella,Robert Finley,Marta Marín-Dòmine

to be had in English for the 1st time, Joaquim Amat-Piniella’s searing Catalan novel, K.L. Reich, is a imperative paintings of testimonial literature of the Nazi focus camps. began instantly after Amat-Piniella’s liberation in 1945, the ebook relies on his personal four-year internment at Mauthausen.

“When the struggle is over, take into accout all this. bear in mind me,” implores one of many book’s characters on his deathbed, and it's this name to endure witness that Amat-Piniella takes up in his account of the Spanish Republican combatants who have been exiled in France on the finish of the Spanish Civil struggle in 1939 and shortly swept up into the German focus camp procedure. As an already prepared anti-fascist military, they performed a massive position as a nucleus of resistance in the camps, and their tale is little identified to English-language readers.

due to the size of his internment, his selection to put in writing his e-book as fiction, and his outstanding powers of remark and recollection, Amat-Piniella’s portrayal of lifestyles within the camps is unequalled in scope and element. it's also a compelling learn of 3 robust ideological routine at paintings on the time: anarchism, communism, and fascism, all in the determined and brutal international of the camps.

“My booklet doesn't search to deepen wounds or adjustments, yet to unite humans earlier than cruelty,” acknowledged Amat-Piniella. this can be a necessary textual content as we contemplate the 20 th century and its desiring to us this day. This version encompasses a new preface, annotations, and a translators’ be aware.

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