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Writing and the Holocaust

Berel Lang, editor
Writing and the Holocaust
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1185-7
$23.50
1989/301 pages/LC: 88011249
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"In this extraordinary collection of essays, historians, novelists, and philosophers ponder the imponderable.... This book is of tremendous importance."—Publishers Weekly

DESCRIPTION

Reflecting on their own work and offering incisive analysis, prominent writers such as Aharon Appelfeld, Raul Hilberg, Irving Howe, and Cynthia Ozick explore the ways in which the historical and moral devastation of the Holocaust has affected subsequent writing about the Holocaust. Among the questions that they address: Does the enormity of the Holocaust preclude adequate representation by diarists, historians, philosophers, and writers of poetry and fiction? Can literary or theoretical reflection add to the stark chronicle of the Holocaust itself? Is humor an appropriate tool in Holocaust literature? And must a work about the Holocaust have redemptive value?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Berel Lang is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Albany, SUNY. His many books include Act and Idea: Aspects of the Nazi Genocide and Philosophy and the Art of Writing.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction—B. Lang.
  • THE MEMORY OF HISTORY.
  • Ellen Fine, Saul Friedländer, Raul Hilberg, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Lawrence Langer, Lore Segal.
  • THE REPRESENTATION OF EVIL.
  • Aharon Appelfeld, Sidra Ezrahi, Philip Hallie, William Heyen, Kenneth Seeskin, George Steiner.
  • FICTION AS TRUTH.
  • Terrence Des Pres, Leslie Epstein, Irving Howe, Berel Lang, Howard Needler, James Young.