At the Mind's Limits

  • by Jean Amery
  • Narrated by James Killavey
  • 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Whoever has succumbed to torture can no longer feel at home in the world. The shame of destruction cannot be erased. Trust in the world, which already collapsed in part at the first blow, but in the end, under torture, fully, will not be regained. That one's fellow man was experienced as the anti-man remains in the tortured person as accumulated horror. It blocks the view into a world in which the principle of hope rules. One who was martyred is a defenseless prisoner of fear. It is fear that henceforth reigns over him." - Jean Amery
At the Mind's Limits is the story of one man's incredible struggle to understand the reality of horror. In five autobiographical essays, Amery describes his survival - mental, moral, and physical - through the enormity of the Holocaust. Above all, this masterful record of introspection tells of a young Viennese intellectual's fervent vision of human nature and the betrayal of that vision.

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What the Critics Say

"These are pages that one reads with almost physical pain...all the way to its stoic conclusion." (Primo Levi)
"The testimony of a profoundly serious man.... In its every turn and crease, it bears the marks of the true." (Irving Howe, New Republic)
"This remarkable memoir...is the autobiography of an extraordinarily acute conscience. With the ear of a poet and the eye of a novelist, Amery vividly communicates the wonder of a philosopher." (Newsweek)

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"Deep Thoughts" in Incredible Book

What did you love best about At the Mind's Limits?

This is a profound book and an important one, It deals with how people of intellect dealt with the horror of being controlled, tortured and often killed by the savages who ran the death camps in World War 2. It also deals with the psychological implications of being a victim and contains an astonishing degree of depth of thought and introspection.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The Author, of course


What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This was not an easy book to read. Not just because of the "deep thoughts" involved but because is was originally written in German and the construction of the English sentences still have that "flavor." I started to read the printed version and gave up. I was very happy to see it in audio. The reader does an excellent job of "parsing' those convoluted sentences so that they make sense to an English ear. Kudos to him. Must have been a very time consuming job.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry, yes a few times. Also got very angry a few times at the incredible stupidity and savagery that people resorted to at that time.


Any additional comments?

Introspective applications make this a book ones needs to read over and over again.

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- Ronald

Powerful and Inciteful

Would you consider the audio edition of At the Mind's Limits to be better than the print version?

Audio version was good. Don't have the print version so can't compare.


What was one of the most memorable moments of At the Mind's Limits?

Torture episode in the camp.


What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very intelligent reading. Well done.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Quite a bit of it, actually.


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- Leslie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2015
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks