Amis, M. Time’s Arrow

 

Steven Oliver HYMS: Everything runs backwards in this short book – from the central character’s ‘birth’ surrounded by doctors to his descent into the confusion of early life. There is humour here, but it is also a very challenging book. The clinician we encounter in New York eventually works back to be the doctor in Auschwitz curing patients by extracting phenol from their hearts. From a consultation that runs in reverse (from prescription to a patient walking away and knocking on the door), to a completely different way of thinking about the terrible actions of some doctors in Nazi Germany this is a book that forces you to think.

Publisher: Vintage
Year: 2003
ISBN: 0099455358

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