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Comment: Hardcover book with dust jacket.withdrawn from a library. The Night of the Generals [IMPORT] (Hardcover)by Hans Hellmut Kirst (Author)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HARPER & ROW. NY 1964; First Edition edition (1963)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002215535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002215534
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And I found it all funny, sometimes very funny.
Steven Daedalus
I usually prefer authors that are well known for writing more classical literature, such as Forster, Wharton, Dreiser, etc.
Twinkle
Recently I bought its DVD, and then,I would like to read its original story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Berner on April 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It seems like such a natural marriage - the corrupt and criminal Nazi regime with the classic fictional detective devoted to justice - that's it's surprising that so few writers have merged setting with theme. Among the top rank of mystery writers today, only Phillip Kerr, channelling Raymond Chandler and J. Robert Janes, inspired by Rex Stout, are in print.

But long before Bernie Gunther and St-Cyr and Kohler, there were Hans Helmut Kirst's Lt. Colonel Grau and Inspector Prevert, and great as Kerr and Janes are, there is no competition.

When a horrible murder is committed in Warsaw, Col. Grau, and, later, Inspector Prevert doggedly pursue the guilty party. It is one of three Wehrmacht Generals and long before the guilty party is revealed about half way through the book, anyone paying attention will have figured out who's guilty.

But that isn't the point of the novel. First of all, Kirst has bigger fish to fry. He has something to say about the role of a general in society. This is one of those rare anti-war books for grown up minds, but it is not anti-military. The author, one of whose great stylistic devices is to insert documents into the text to add verisimilitude and to include his own theory of duty and honor without disrupting the flow of the story, has a short excerpt at the end of the book on the special duty of generals in society which should be required reading at the Command and General Staff School.

But Kirst was always a great novelist in addition to a philosopher and the real delight in this novel is to watch Prevert set the trap which captures the guilty party (while acting as Cupid on the side).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Daedalus on March 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Watch out: Spoilers Ahead.

This is an highly enjoyable novel -- not very demanding but with a ticklish irony running through the story of murder and mayhem and intrigue among the German occupation forces in Poland and France during World War II.

In 1942 a prostitute is found butchered in Warsaw and a witness has identified a German general as the killer. Only three generals are unaccounted for, the weaseling phony von Seydlitz-Gabler, the icy and robotic Tanz, and the secretive and cynical Kahlenberge. The three are also together in Paris two years later, when an identical crime is committed. After the war, a third takes place in Dresden, just before a reunion soiree that will bring all three generals together for the last time.

Colonel Grau is the Intelligence officer in zealous pursuit of the perpetrator. When he gets a little too close, he's bumped off during the attempted assassination of Hitler by some of the officer corps. The investigation is taken over by Grau's placid friend in the Surete, M. Prevert. The killer, whose identity is stupefyingly obvious from the beginning and is openly revealed about half way through , is finally cornered and, after sensibly drinking an entire bottle of vodka, puts a bullet through his head.

The text appears to have been translated into dated British prose and obsolescent slang but it's not a hinderance. It rather adds a chronic dimension to the sense of place. And I found it all funny, sometimes very funny. Kirst has let no opportunity slip by to satirize the fake quality of self justification that some of us seem to specialize in. I think I'll give an example. Von Seydlitz-Gabler is the highest ranking of the generals. His social life is ruled entirely by his wife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Twinkle on August 13, 2011
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I found this book to be both gripping and well written. It isn't dated at all even thought the action takes place during World War Two. The characters are drawn very clearly and when the book finally ends, you wish that it could have gone on and on. One particular character is sorely missed when he is killed midway in the book. I can't give it enough praise. Usually, this isn't the type of book I seek. I usually prefer authors that are well known for writing more classical literature, such as Forster, Wharton, Dreiser, etc. But, this book is, in itself, well worth the time and easy to read. Each character is presented individually and becomes an acquaintance rather than a stick figure. I give the book top rating and it deserves it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DR. TARLOCHAN SINGH MBBS;MD on July 1, 2001
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AN EXCELLENT CRIME THILLER WHICH FOR A LONG TIME REFUSES TO LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS.A FIRST RATE MOVIE OF THE SAME NAME WAS MADE A FEW DECADES BACK.THE BOOK GRIPS YOU FROM THE BEGINING AND THE READER ASKS FOR MORE OF THE SAME.THE WRITER HAS EXCELLENT UNDERSTANDING OF MILITARY ADMINISTRATION SPECIALLY WHEN IT HAS TO PASS THROUGU THE TURBULANCE AND STRESS & STRAINS OF WAR.
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I had viewed this movie more than 40 years ago. Recently I bought its DVD, and then,I would like to read its original story. It is hard to get this book especially in Japan. I love this story.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ilyushin on March 31, 2007
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Gabler, Kahlenberge, Tanz. A cold blood trail from Warsaw to Paris, and later on back to Fatherland. The inner demons eclipse the surreal nightmare that created them.
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