The Commandant of Lubizec
This is a vividly detailed, terrifying, convincing, and completely spellbinding story rooted in those murderous events we now call the Holocaust. It is also the story of a loving, good-humored family man who each morning goes off to oversee mass homicide — a dramatic example of what Hannah Arendt once referred to as ‘the banality of evil.’ Patrick Hicks has accomplished a very difficult literary task. He has given a believable and fresh and original face to barbarism. What a fine book this is.
– Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried,
winner of the National Book Award
In The Commandant of Lubizec, Patrick Hicks imagines the unimaginable and thus gives us a glimpse into the terrible complexity of the human heart. This is a fascinating and important book.
—Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
The fictional presentation here measures up to any factual account of the Holocaust this reviewer has ever read. Highly recommended, especially for general readers who wish to know more about this unspeakable chapter of human history. Even specialists will be taken in by its human-interest dimension.
Thought-provoking and gut-wrenchingly powerful.
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• Madeline Island School of the Arts. LaPointe, Wisconsin
• The Loft Literary Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota
• United States Air Force Academy, Colorado
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• Tattered Cover Bookstore. Denver, Colorado
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• Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. University of Northern Iowa
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