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The Resource A thousand darknesses : lies and truth in Holocaust fiction, Ruth Franklin

A thousand darknesses : lies and truth in Holocaust fiction, Ruth Franklin

Label
A thousand darknesses : lies and truth in Holocaust fiction
Title
A thousand darknesses
Title remainder
lies and truth in Holocaust fiction
Statement of responsibility
Ruth Franklin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 study, Ruth Franklin investigates these questions as they arise in the most significant works of Holocaust writing, from Tadeusz Borowski's Auschwitz stories to Jonathan Safran Foer's postmodernist family history. Franklin argues that the memory-obsessed culture of the last few decades has led to a mistaken focus on testimony as the most valid form of Holocaust writing. As even the most canonical texts have come under scrutiny for their fidelity to the facts, we have lost sight of the essential role that imagination plays in the creation of any literary work, including the memoir. In sustained and fluent analysis, Franklin provides powerful new interpretations of memoirs by Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi; novels by writers such as Piotr Rawicz, Jerzy Kosinski, W.G. Sebald and Wolfgang Koeppen; and the film Schindler's List. Written by a gifted journalist and literary critic, this graceful and wide-ranging account offers a lucid view of the role of memory and imagination in Holocaust literature that also illuminates broader questions about history, politics, and truth
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Franklin, Ruth
Dewey number
809/.93358405318
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.3.J4
LC item number
F73 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature
  • Jewish fiction
  • Truth in literature
  • Memory in literature
Label
A thousand darknesses : lies and truth in Holocaust fiction, Ruth Franklin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
608032357
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 256 pages
Isbn
9780195313963
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010013590
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)608032357
Label
A thousand darknesses : lies and truth in Holocaust fiction, Ruth Franklin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
608032357
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 256 pages
Isbn
9780195313963
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010013590
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)608032357

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