The i Tetralogy—i, I Am Gunther, Gunther's Lament, Gunther Redux—is the gut-wrenching epic depiction of the dehumanization of man through an incisive observation of three pivotal characters. Each of them, victim, perpetrator, and murderer's son, is inextricably linked by the varying dimensions of their moral nature. Assaying the monumental impact of the Holocaust, this species-shattering event, the tetralogy elucidates a truth about humanity: the Holocaust has forever defined the species as indelibly damaged, capable on a molecular level of killing and consuming its own. The reader experiences this unvarnished—perhaps axiomatic—truth about humanity, which no revisionist can deny. The reader also ponders the risk in forgetting, in sanitizing, in "sweetening" the Holocaust.
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The unrelenting power of Freese¿s writing calls to mind the gritty horror and hopelessness of Erich Maria Remarque¿s World War I novel 'All Quiet on the Western Front' and the grim insanity of Dalton Trumbo¿s story about a wounded soldier in 'Johnny Got His Gun.' Equally stark and eloquent, 'The i Tetralogy' is written in the first person with a substantial amount of internal monologue. Both precise and beautiful, the prose cuts like a knife, laying bare the question: Where, if anywhere, is the meaning in the deadly embraces between prisoner and guard, guard and lover, guard and wife, guard and son, son and mother? While reading this eloquent and disturbing masterpiece, you are immersed in the Holocaust and participating in it. Mentally, upon a shadowy sea of words, you are experiencing first hand a world outside boundaries of humanity as we understand it, or even want to understand it.
Combining true to life characters, believable settings and a peek into the psychology of all those involved, The i Tetralogy provides a descriptive, disturbing and graphic account of fictional history. The i Tetralogy, consists of four volumes i, I am Gunther, Gunther's Lament and Gunther Redux. Written from the perspective of three key characters the Jewish prisoner, the executor and the murderer's son, this is a bleak, but powerful and graphic fictional perspective of the effect the Holocaust had on each character. It also focuses on the legacy it left behind. Beginning in Europe in the mid-1940's, we visit the grim, weary life of a death camp prisoner as he silently digs the latrines, deprived of the dignity and humanity he was once accustomed to. This is a heart-rending account of one man's inner strength and resilience, despite a weak and decaying body and how he learns ways of being vigilant and obedient in order to avoid death. When volume two, I am Gunther, begins, the reader will be taken aback with the change of attitude. Seeing life as a German guard, Gunther, debating the suffering and cruelty he subjects the prisoners to, on behalf of his country. Yet among his ludicrous beliefs and ideals of superiority, one can't help, at times, feeling sorry for him, as a lost human being stuck in a world gone mad. Half a century later, Gunther's Lament, follows the aging Nazi, Gunther, to a suburban town on Long Island. Here we explore deeper into his wrecked and warped mind as he struggles to come to terms with his very existence, without the security the war gave him as a German guard with power. In Gunther Redux, the story continues as it investigates the views and thoughts of his son Conrad, who is tormented by his father's 'previous life' and burdened by the damaging truths of what really went on inside the death camps. It is hard for the human mind to comprehend the full horror of the Holocaust. Telling the story through three key characters, however, provides a vivid insight into this inexplicable and shocking period of history. When I finished the book I found myself asking all sorts of questions how did the dominant and brutal leader, Hitler, convince the Germans that they were the superior and most powerful race with such devastating effectiveness? Why did they believe in him? Can ordinary people be convinced to accept instructions to behave without decency and humanity under the right circumstances? Although this is a work of fiction, the characters are extremely true to life. The setting is so believable it almost reads like an autobiography of these three different people, making it an astounding, descriptive piece of well written prose. The final section titled Raison d'Etre provided many answers to my questions, whilst giving me a greater understanding of Mathias B Freese's personal views and the psychological terror of all involved during (and after) this disturbing period of history.
Honest, abrasive and engaging... okay... enough with the Ney-Yorker-esque blurbs, even though they are true. Honestly, this is the most disturbing account of the holocaust I have ever read. If I didn't know any better, I would think Mathias B. Freese had gone through this experience himself. Told in first-person, we are led through the tunnels of human despair and survival. Base human emotion, action and reaction are uncensored and laid bare, making The i Tetralogy more than just another novel about the holocaust. This book is an exploration of what a civilized human being is capable of when pushed. Not only in action, but in thought, this book reflects the horror and hope we all have inside of us. Even if you've read Elie Wiesel's Night, Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago, or others, this book will surprise you with raw language and emotive power.
The i Tetralogy is a powerful and potent literary fiction about the genocidal Holocaust of World War II, a human tragedy which has affected individuals in so many complex ways. Unfortunately, civilization has not changed and genocide still occurs in the world, Darfur, to wit. Freese relentlessly examines this repetition compulsion of the species. Grimly portraying the inhumanity of humans to others and for no legitimate or rational reason, the tetralogy is not leisure bedside reading. A book which needs to be digested slowly and thoughtfully, one that should be retained for repeated readings so that we should not forget. Freese may have written a masterpiece of a kind.