Hans Keilson dies aged 101

Hans Keilson dies aged 101

Hans Keilson, the author of New York Times bestseller The Death of the Adversary has died at the age of 101.

Keilson passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning. Vintage Classics republished his novel, first published in English almost half a century ago, last month.

The semi-autobiographical title was written while the Jewish German/Dutch author was in hiding in Nazi-occupied Europe during 1942. The pages were buried in his garden for safe-keeping for the duration of the war, going on to be published in Germany in 1959 and in English in 1962.

The Sunday Times described The Death of the Adversary as a "brilliant, poetic novel that merits a place among the Holocaust classics". It is narrated by a young man fascinated by the inexorable progress of an unnamed adversary rising to power in 1930s Germany—with the implication that the narrator is Jewish and the adversary is Adolf Hitler.