Aharon Appelfeld's fiction : acknowledging the Holocaust /

A trenchant analysis of internationally prominent Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld's Holocaust novels.

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Main Author: Budick, E. Miller. (Author)
Format: Book Electronic
Language:English
Published:Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2005.
Series:Jewish literature and culture.
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Main Author:Budick, E. Miller.
Summary:A trenchant analysis of internationally prominent Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld's Holocaust novels.

How can a fictional text adequately or meaningfully represent the events of the Holocaust? Drawing on philosopher Stanley Cavell's ideas about "acknowledgment" as a respectful attentiveness to the world, Emily Miller Budick develops a penetrating philosophical analysis of major works by internationally prominent Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld. Through sensitive discussions of the novels Badenheim 1939, The Iron Tracks, The Age of Wonders, and Tzili, and the autobiographical work The Story of My Life, Budick reveals the compelling art with which Appelfeld renders the sights, sensations, and experiences of European Jewish life preceding, during, and after the Second World War. She argues that it is through acknowledging the incompleteness of our knowledge and understanding of the catastrophe that Appelfeld's fiction produces not only its stunning aesthetic power but its affirmation and faith in both the human and the divine. This beautifully written book provides a moving introduction to the work of an important and powerful writer and an enlightening meditation on how fictional texts deepen our understanding of historical events.

Jewish Literature and Culture--Alvin H. Rosenfeld, editor

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Physical Description:1 online resource (xix, 195 pages)
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System Details:Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:0253111064 (electronic bk.)
9780253111067 (electronic bk.)
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Author Notes:

Emily Miller Budick holds the Ann and Joseph Adelman Chair in American Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is author of Fiction and Historical Consciousness: The American Romance Tradition and editor of Modern Hebrew Fiction by Gershon Shaked (IUP, 2000) and Ideology and Jewish Identity in Israeli and American Literature.


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