The Human Race
Imprint: Marlboro Press
298 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: December 1998
Arrested by the Gestapo and deported to Dachau, Robert Antelme recovered his freedom a year later when François Mitterand, visiting the camp in an official capacity, recognized the dying Antelme and had him spirited to Paris. Antelme's story of his experiences in Germany--his only book--indelibly marked an entire generation, "a work written without hatred, a work of boundless compassion such as that is to be found only in the great Russians."
Homage to Robert Antelme
"[Antelme's] grave and moving plea, not for retribution but for understanding, is reinforced by his endurance . . . human dignity in a nutshell." --New York Times Book Review
"The Human Race is an astonishing book, a unique book. It is a masterpiece of literature without anything literary, it is a document in which the words render the whole richness of a lived experience. It is a work whose pure simplicity roceeds froma profound sense of human complexity, for Antelme never ceased to be aware that the tormentor who seeks to deprive his victim of his human quality is himself a human being. It is a work written without hatred, a work of boundless compassion such as that found only in the great Russians."