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Wikipedia article

'Necropolis' is an autobiographical novel by Boris Pahor about his Holocaust experience. It has been compared to works by Primo Levi, Imre Kertsz, and Jorge Semprn.

Plot summary

The story is told from the point of view of a Nazi concentration camp survivor who is visiting the Natzweiler-Struthof camp, twenty years after he was sent from there back to Dachau, Mittelbau-Dora, Harzungen, and finally Bergen-Belsen, which was liberated on 15 April 1945.

International recognition

The Slovene philosopher Evgen Bavar, living in FrancePahor's friend, whose mother worked in Trieste, as Pahor's mother didpredicted that as a Slovene writer Pahor would be recognized by Italy only after he was recognized by France and Germany. As explained in a 2010 documentary and in an interview with Pahor that was published in 2013 by 'Bukla Magazine',Interview with Pahor, [http://issuu.com/revijabukla/docs/bukla-91-92 Bukla Magazine, No.91-92], ISSU online Italian publishers were not interested in publishing Pahor until French and German translations were published. Only after France and Germany recognized Pahor did his work finally begin to be published in Italy in 2007.[http://www.slovenia.si/culture/arts/books-and-literature/boris-pahor-turns-100/ Boris Pahor turns 100], official Slovenian website, August 2013

Publication history

The work has been published in several languages in the decades since its first publication in 1967. The novel has been translated twice into English, first under the title 'Pilgrim Among the Shadows' in 1995, and the second time under the title 'Necropolis' in 2010. It has also been translated into French: 'Plerin parmi les ombres' (1996), German: 'Nekropolis' (2001, 2003), Catalan: 'Necrpolis' (2004), Finnish: 'Nekropoli' (2006), Italian: 'Necropoli' (2008), Serbian: 'Necropola' (2009), Spanish: 'Necrpolis' (2010), Dutch: 'Nekropolis' (2011), Croatian: 'Nekropola' (2012), Portuguese: 'Necrpole' (2013), Swedish: 'Nekropol' (2013), and Esperanto: 'Pilgrimanto inter ombroj'.


In 2010, the novel was adapted for theater.

See also

*The Holocaust in art and literature

*Slovenian literature



Category:1967 novels

Category:Novels about the Holocaust

Category:Slovenian novels

Category:Novels adapted into plays

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