Major side-eye around the internets today as news of a Young Adult novel called Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali is being published in America by Fierce Reads, the YA home of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
The book’s cover – depicting a fetus wearing a swastika – is generating the lion’s share of controversy on Twitter, for obvious reasons. Many YA authors and fans are already upset, as perhaps this isn’t quite the time in our country’s history to have a young, Nazi protagonist.
“Nazi Germany. 1936. The Lebensborn program is going strong as German women are carefully selected by the Nazis and recruited to give birth to new representatives of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, a fetus waiting to be born and fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan.
“Max is taken away from his birth mother as soon as he enters the world. He will be raised under the leadership and ideologies of the Nazi Party. As he grows up without a mom, without any affection or tenderness, according to Nazi educational precepts, he soon becomes the mascot of the program. But things don’t go according to plan.”
And here’s the original synopsis from the French edition:
“19 April 1936. I am going to be born in a minute, I am going to be born on the 20th of April, the anniversary of our Fürher, so I shall be blessed by the Germanic gods and will see in me the firstborn of The supreme race The Aryan race The one who will now reign supreme over the world I am the child of the future Designed without love Without God Without law Without anything other than strength and rage I will bite Instead of breastfeeding I will scream instead of chirping I will hate instead of loving Heil Hitler!”
A fascinating and disturbing historical fable that can not be let loose. A shock reading, remarkably documented, of which one does not emerge unharmed.
Hmmm. Guess Macmillan is one-upping Simon & Schuster’s Milo Yiannopoulos book. Prepare for alt-right lit to become a “thing,” I suppose.
Max will be in stores in March 2017. (via ONTD)
I’m not linking on anything, because if you want to buy it, or go to the Macmillan website, you’re on your own.