Psalm 44 is the last major work of fiction by Danilo Ki to be translated into English, and his only novel dealing explicitly with Auschwitz (where his own father died). Written when he was only twenty-five, before embarking on the masterpieces that would make him an integral figure in twentieth-century letters, Psalm 44 shows Ki at his most lyrical and unguarded, demonstrating that even in the place of dragons... covered with the shadow of death, there can still be poetry. Featuring characters based on actual inmates and warders--including the abominable Dr. Mengele--Psalm 44 is a baring of many of the themes, patterns, and preoccupations Ki would return to in future, albeit never with the same starkness or immediacy.
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About the Author
JOHN K. COX is Associate Professor of History at Wheeling Jesuit University. His main research interest is the twentieth-century intellectual history of the South Slavic lands
s teaching interests include World War I and the Holocaust. A former Rotary scholar in Hungary, and a Fulbright fellow in Austria and Slovenia, he knows Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, German, and several other languages of the region. He is the author of several chapters and essays on nationalism, Yugoslav communism, and Balkan fascism, as well as numerous book reviews about the breakup of Yugoslavia.