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The Broken Voice
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The Broken Voice: Reading Post-Holocaust Literature

Robert Eaglestone

Abstract

‘Which writer today is not a writer of the Holocaust?’ asked the late Imre Kertész, Hungarian survivor and novelist, in his Nobel acceptance speech: ‘one does not have to choose the Holocaust as one’s subject to detect the broken voice that has dominated modern European art for decades’. This book attends to this broken voice in literature in order to explore the meaning of the Holocaust in the contemporary world, arguing, again following Kertész, that the Holocaust will ‘remain through culture, which is really the vessel of memory’. Drawing on the thought of Hannah Arendt, it identifies and d ... More

Keywords: Holocaust, genocide, memory, contemporary literature, twentieth-century literature, Hannah Arendt, complicity, responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198778363
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198778363.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Eaglestone, author
Royal Holloway, University of London

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