Writing the Holocaust today : critical perspectives on Jonathan Littell's The kindly ones (Book, 2012) [WorldCat.org]
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Writing the Holocaust today : critical perspectives on Jonathan Littell's The kindly ones

Author: Aurélie Barjonet; Liran Razinsky
Publisher: Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2012.
Series: Faux titre, 381.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Originally written in French, The Kindly Ones (2006) is the first major work of the Jewish-American author Jonathan Littell. Its extraordinary critical and commercial success, spawning a series of heated debates, has made this publication one of the most significant literary phenomena of recent years. Taking the Holocaust as its central topic, The Kindly Ones is a disturbing novel: disturbing in its use of explicit  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Jonathan Littell; Jonathan Littell; Jonathan Littell; Jonathan Littell; Jonathan Littell; Jonathan Littell
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aurélie Barjonet; Liran Razinsky
ISBN: 9789042035867 9042035862
OCLC Number: 821687336
Description: 265 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Adelphic incest in Musil, Nabokov and Littell / Georges Nivat --
From 'Kitsch' to 'Splatter': the aesthetics of violence on The Kindly Ones / Peter Kuon --
The similarity of perpetrators / Liran Razinsky --
Visibility and iconicity of the German language in The Kinsly Ones / Cyril Aslanov --
"Oh my human brothers, let me tell you how it happened" (Who is the perpetrator talking to?) / Catherine Coquio --
How Nazis undermine their own point of view / Luc Rasson --
Manufacturing memories: textual and mnemonic weaving on The Kindly Ones / Aurélie Barjonet --
The infamous "I": notes on Littell and Céline / Martin von Koppenfels --
The Kindly Ones and the 'scorched-earth' principle / Leona Toker --
Allegiance and guilt in the KIndly Ones / Sandra Janssen --
A historian's view of the Kindly Ones / Jeremy Popkin --
Morality and Humanness: reading Littell with Speerm Fest, Syberberg and others / Hans-Joachim Hahn --
A German reading of the German reception of The Kindly Ones / Wolfgang Asholt --
La bienveillance de la critique polonaise. An analysis of the Polish reception of Les Bienveillantes / Helena Duffy.
Series Title: Faux titre, 381.
Responsibility: edited by Aurélie Barjonet and Liran Razinsky.

Abstract:

Originally written in French, The Kindly Ones (2006) is the first major work of the Jewish-American author Jonathan Littell. Its extraordinary critical and commercial success, spawning a series of heated debates, has made this publication one of the most significant literary phenomena of recent years. Taking the Holocaust as its central topic, The Kindly Ones is a disturbing novel: disturbing in its use of explicit sexual descriptions, in its construction of a perverted psychic world, in its combination of accurate historical descriptions and myths, and in its repeated suggestion that Nazism does not, in fact, lie outside the spectrum of humanness. Due to its striking monumental proportions and the author{u2019}s provocative choice to recount historical events from the perpetrator{u2019}s perspective, this opus marks a significant shift within Holocaust literature. In this volume, fourteen leading literary scholars and historians from eight different countries closely study this unsettling work. They examine the disconcerting aspects of the novel including the use of the Nazi viewpoint, analyze the aesthetics of the novel and its contradictions, and explore its relations with several literary traditions. They outline Littell{u2019}s use of historical details and materials and study the novel{u2019}s reception. This compilation of essays is essential to anyone intrigued by The Kindly Ones or by the Holocaust and who wishes to gain a better understanding of them. -- From publisher's website.

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