Holocaust-themed Book by Martin Amis Rejected by His German, French Publishers

'The Zone of Interest,' fiction set in Auschwitz, is picked up by another French house but not yet in Germany.

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The Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, which awards the Righteous Among the Nations medal to gentiles who saved Jews from  the Nazis during World War II.
The Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.Credit: AP

A new book by the U.K. writer Martin Amis, a fictionalized story set in Auschwitz that was well received in Britain, was declined by the author's German and French publishers, a media report says.

"The Zone of Interest" is narrated from the points of view of three concentration-camp commanders, the Guardian News Service reported.

Amis told the German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that his German publisher, Hanser, said the book wasn't convincing enough, the news service reported. But the German paper cited literary critics in the country as saying that the book was too "frivolous" for the Munich publisher.

Amis told the paper that he thought Hanser had turned down the book based on merit, not on unease with the subject matter.

Gallimard, a French firm that has published Amis's books, also declined "The Zone of Interest" and declined to comment, Guardian News Service reported.

But the new book will be published in French in September 2015 by another house, Calmann-Levy, the news service reported.

"The Zone of Interest" is "a good book and there's nothing like it," Deborah Kaufmann, who will edit the book for Calmann-Levy, told Guardian News Service.

No other German publishing firm has taken the rights to the new book, the news service said.

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