The explosive novel of a decent mans journey into Evil. Fantastic . . . gripping -- Publishers WeeklyCompelling--Seattle Daily TimesCharacters of a quasi-mythical stature . . . A LESSON FOR ALL MANKIND-- National ReviewBankowsky writes withMoreThe explosive novel of a decent mans journey into Evil. Fantastic . . . gripping -- Publishers WeeklyCompelling--Seattle Daily TimesCharacters of a quasi-mythical stature . . . A LESSON FOR ALL MANKIND-- National ReviewBankowsky writes with a scalpel and his prose may be likened to the gathering forces of a tornado.
When the climax of his remarkable new novel is reached the impact is at once ineluctable and devastating . . . the novel is a work of revelation --Rabi Morris Margolies, Kansas City StarTheir fates collided on the eve of a holocaust . . .Christian--a tormented Nazi officerClaudia--his sexually insatiable wifeThe Monk of St.
Procula--madman or saint?The Polish aristocrats--the debauched, the damnedBefore World War II, in Hitlers Berlin, Christian Jan Romansky, a quiet apolitical university professor, was a good, loving, civilized and sane man. But is it possible to remain civilized among barbarians?
to love amid depravity and lust? to stay sane in a world gone mad? If not, is it at least possible to atone?Europes tragedy is Christians as well. In 1942 he finds himself a reluctant SS officer, commanding a rail junction and supply depot in the remote marshlands of occupied Poland. Just before All Souls Eve a trainload of Jews bound for the death camps at Belzec is detained at his depot. What follows is a shattering confrontation of good and evil, and a night of hell that ends in riot, madness, massacre--and a miracle.