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As the reader soon discovers, W is a place where "it is more ...
As the reader soon discovers, W is a place where "it is more important to be lucky than to be deserving," and "you have to fight to live ... [with] no recourse, no mercy, no salvation, not even any hope that time will sort things out."
Here, sport is glorified and victors honored, but athletes are vilified, losers executed, stealing encouraged, rape common, and violence a fact of life.
Perec's interpretive vision of the Holocaust forces us to ask the question central to our time: How did this happen before our eyes? How did we look at those "shells of skin and bone, ashen faced, with their backs permanently bent, their eyes full of panic and their suppurating sores?
How did all of this happen, not on W, but before millions of spectators, some horrified, some cheering, some in-different, but all present at the games watching the events of that grisly arena?