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This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

Tadeusz Borowski - Author

Barbara Vedder - Editor

Barbara Vedder - Translator

Jan Kott - Introduction by

Michael Kandel - Translator

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ISBN 9780140186246 | 192 pages | 01 Aug 1992 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Published in Poland after World War II, this collection of concentration camp stories shows atrocious crimes becoming an unremarkable part of a daily routine. Prisoners eat, work, sleep, and fall in love a few yards from where other prisoners are systematically slaughtered. The will to survive overrides compassion, and the line between the normal and the abnormal wavers, then vanishes. Borowski, a concentration camp victim himself, understood what human beings will do to endure the unendurable. Together, these stories constitute not only a masterpiece of Polish - and world - literature but stand as cruel testimony to the level of inhumanity of which man is capable.

'In Borowski’s Auschwitz stories, the difference between executioner and victim is stripped of all greatness and pathos; it is brutally reduced to a second bowl of soup, an extra blanket, or the luxury of a silk shirt and shoes with thick soles . . .'—from the introduction