509 has been a political prisoner in German concentration camp for ten years. He and all the other living corpses live in a "small camp" - an area for weak, sick, and dying. When the nearby town is bombed, 509 senses that soon the war will be over. If only he and his comrades could hold on a little longer.
I don't have words to describe the feelings I had while reading this book. It was sad, moving, infuriating but strangely positive. I cried a lot and it made me think about history, family, and the sad fact that people just don't learn.
The story was so good that after I finished reading, I took a sheet of paper, read favorite parts of the novel again and wrote down some quotes. Unfortunately I can't share those with you because I read to book in my mother tongue and I haven't found those quotes in English.