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A thousand darknesses : lies and truth in Holocaust fiction

Author: Ruth Franklin
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is the difference between writing a novel about the Holocaust and fabricating a memoir? Are Holocaust writings, by their very nature, exempt from criticism and interpretation? Do narratives about the Holocaust have a special obligation to be truthful--that is, faithful to the facts of history? Is a fictional account of the Holocaust, in the words of Elie Wiesel, "an insult to the dead"? In this provocative  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Franklin
ISBN: 9780199976003 0199976007
OCLC Number: 841671999
Awards: Shortlisted for The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature 2012.
Description: x, 256 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Angry young man / Tadeusz Borowski --
The alchemist / Primo Levi --
The kabbalist in the death camps / Elie Wiesel --
The antiwitness / Piotr Rawicz --
The bird painter / Jerzy Kosinski --
Child of Auschwitz / Imre Kertész --
A story for you / Thomas Keneally, Steven Spielberg --
The ghost writer / Wolfgang Koeppen --
The effect of the real / W.G. Sebald --
Willing executioners / Bernhard Schlink --
Identity theft: the second generation --
The third generation.
Responsibility: by Ruth Franklin.
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A Thousand Darknesses takes a provocative look at the primary works of literature about the Holocaust, arguing that the line between fact and fiction, memoir and novel, is all but impossible to draw.  Read more...

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Ruth Franklin's new book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, is more than a towering work of criticism and insight - it's an invaluable corrective. The Atlantic

 
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