“A book of undying artistic integrity” — Arizona Daily Sun
The i Tetralogy is a powerfully penetrating and incisive perspective into the lives of victims of the Holocaust, Nazi perpetrators, and those who remained damaged long after the event.
Addressing the Holocaust from three different characters—death camp inmate, Nazi guard, and the guard’s son—Freese captures the immediacy of internal self devastation by his remarkable use of first person point of view. In this vivid way, the far reaching effect and intensely psychological impact of this epochal event are realized.
A commentary on the nature of man, the reader tastes the unvarnished truths of man’s capacity to kill and consume his own. At the end of this novel, one ponders the risk in forgetting, in sanitizing, in “sweetening” the Holocaust.
“The unrelenting power of Freese’s writing calls to mind the gritty horror and hopelessness of Erich Maria Remarque’s World War I novel All Quiet on the Western Front and the grim insanity of Dalton Trumbo’s story about a wounded soldier in Johnny Got His Gun. Equally stark and eloquent, The i Tetralogy is written in the first person with a substantial amount of internal monologue. Both precise and beautiful, the prose cuts like a knife. . . .”—Malcolm Campbell, Author, Podbram
“More than half a century after the end of World War II, when hundreds of books have been written and movies made about the horrors of the Holocaust, why should you read The i Tetralogy, a book that delves into the psychologically crippling world of the concentration camp? Because you have never read anything like this.” Alyce Wilson, Editor, Wild Violet
“Exceptionally disturbing and disquieting . . . The perspective is unique, the power of imagination staggering.”—Mahin Hassibi, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College
“Author Mathias B. Freese is not only a brilliant literary genius; he has the uncanny ability to explore the depths of madness like no other . . . Educators would find it a profound and in-depth study of the workings of the human psyche as well as sociological influences on human behavior. . .”—2007 Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice Award. Shirley Roe, Allbooks Review