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It was first published in It details the thoughts and pursuits of the people involved in a reality show recreating a concentration camp. The book provoked strong reactions, both for and against. For a TV reality show called Concentration , prisoner-participants are chosen at random from the population and abducted in raids.

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Amazon wishlist. Our Assessment: B : tough premise to work with. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review 's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

The complete review 's Review :. Acide sulfurique deals with pretty much the ultimate reality TV show: people are grabbed off the street and find themselves taking part -- whether they want to or not -- in Concentration. As in 'concentration camp'. Shipped off in cattle cars, they find themselves in what in every respect except the countless cameras following their every move amounts to a Nazi concentration camp. Right down to what happens to those who are weeded out the game's 'losers'.

Others play the roles of the guards, the kapos , and it apparently makes for popular TV -- but Nothomb doesn't work too hard to make this a satire of the reality-TV craze, or the way people have become television-obsessed though eventually the book does turn into a grand indictment of all of this. Instead, it begins and continues in typical Nothomb fashion, as a story of personal obsession, one female figure fascinated by another who doesn't reciprocate those feelings.

And, no surprise, it's the one in the weaker position that turns out to be the stronger, etc. Yes, Nothomb has a thing about and with names -- and she leaves no doubt about it here: the first game the two play consists of Zdena trying to get CKZ to reveal her real name. So it is a story of obsession and the dynamics of relationships, especially when they are based on unequal power.

Part of the fascination for Zdena is that while CKZ plays the role of the subjugated perfectly well, Zdena can not become the complete puppet-master.

In fact, they both manipulate each other, Zdena's power-plays more obvious, CKZ 's much more subtle. CKZ is a typical Nothomb-heroine, a selfless relatively innocent with delusions of grandeur. She has a go at playing God, but then settles for the Christ-role and, yes, there's a red-wine miracle too The fact that it's a TV show does play a more significant role in the second half of the novel, as CKZ turns to the cameras and accuses the audience: it is the viewers, rather than the producers or even the country's politicians that haven't shut the show down that are responsible for this abomination.

Naturally, the viewers lap this up, and the ratings go even higher -- even as she challenges them to shut this crap off. When the ratings level off after six months, the producers look for another way to get the audience involved -- and the answer they find is interactivity: let the audience vote off really, really off the participants, rather than having the kapos choose the victims.

When CKZ tries to undermine this as well, again issuing a challenge to the audience, things really come to a head -- and no less than everyone in the whole country is glued to their TV sets.

Disappointingly, cynicism doesn't win out; there's an almost happy end. Humanity has been saved from itself -- but that, like most of the novel, isn't entirely convincing. The almost sketchy and rushed treatment of the subject matter -- the whole story is told very quickly -- mean there aren't many specifics and not much depth. That treatment works in some of Nothomb's novels, but she's just shooting for way too much here -- and is basing it all on a premise that can't be treated so lightly -- for her to be able to get away with it as is.

Worth a look -- and so short that it's quickly done with -- but not up to her usual standards. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Contents: Main. Sulphuric Acid - US. Sulphuric Acid - UK. Sulphuric Acid - Canada. Acide sulfurique - Canada.

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Immersion workshop - Charles de Gaulle - Click here to find out more! RSVP here. Private lessons may be arranged at your home during the Summer. This article has been written by Karim Tounkara as part of our Semaine de Livre series of blog posts. The role of the kapos is to keep the prisoners in check; a guard, but with no behavioral restrictions.

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Amazon wishlist. Our Assessment: B : tough premise to work with. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review 's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. The complete review 's Review :. Acide sulfurique deals with pretty much the ultimate reality TV show: people are grabbed off the street and find themselves taking part -- whether they want to or not -- in Concentration.

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