To be comfortable in the world of the Kafkaesque, one must slowly climb up the literary ladder, page after page, year after year. My journey began with the likes of V.C. Andrews during my tawdry youth, and then eventually reached its pinnacle with Tolstoy, and of course, Kafka. Aside from my literary snobbery (which is nothing short of a veneer вЂ“ I still love me some Sidney Sheldon), having entered KafkaвЂ™s abyss of absurdity and horror makes Hans KeilsonвЂ™s novel, COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY, not only recognizable, but entirely brilliant.
What is the relationship between persecutors and their victims? In THE DEATH OF THE ADVERSARY вЂ“ poised on the brink of what soon will be one of the worldвЂ™s most horrific tragedies вЂ“ an unnamed narrator in an unnamed country reflects on an unnamed figure who will soon ascend to power. Although the figure (вЂњBвЂќ) is never revealed, it soon becomes obvious that he is Hitler and that the narrator is of Jewish descent.