Controversy over Holocaust novel

Jonathan Littell&#39;s Holocaust novel, <em>The Kindly Ones</em>, went on sale in the US this week, but critics already have drawn fiercely partisan battle lines, notes the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>.<br /><br />Former <em>Publishers Weekly</em> editor Sara Nelson writes: &quot;Is this debut novel&mdash;which tells the story of the Holocaust from the point of view of an eloquent but heavily unsympathetic SS officer&mdash;searingly honest or just plain perverse? Uncommonly brave or totally craven? Work of literature or<br />publishing stunt? . . . It&#39;s hard to believe the folks at HarperCollins, which published the book, aren&#39;t licking their lips in anticipation.&quot;