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Diamonds of the Night
     

Diamonds of the Night

by Arnost Lustig, Jeanne Nemocova (Translator)
 

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The stories in this collection take place in the Nazi concentration campus, on death transports, and during the last turbulent days of World War II. Lustig explores the very essence of humanity. His characters, mostly children and old people, are ravaged by torture and loss. Faced by conditions of extreme inhumanity and moral nightmare, each must fight his way

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The stories in this collection take place in the Nazi concentration campus, on death transports, and during the last turbulent days of World War II. Lustig explores the very essence of humanity. His characters, mostly children and old people, are ravaged by torture and loss. Faced by conditions of extreme inhumanity and moral nightmare, each must fight his way forward realizing his particular identity and fate, salvaging some form of inner sanity and decency. Out of this chaos, in moments of resistance and improbable acts of heroism, Lustig's characters discover truths about the human condition which shine like diamonds in the night of Nazi terror.

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"In his stark narrative and spare dialogue, Lustig sustains the reality of people scoured by torture and loss, discovering islands of sanity in nightmare." 

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"Under the sentence of death, Lustig's characters freeze time, preserve decency. They luminesce like light crystals in the dark."

Washington Post Book World

"Arnost Lustig is one of the leading contemporary Czech fiction writers, and certainly the most important Jewish writer of Bohemia to have survived the Holocaust. Diamonds of the NightNight and Hope, and Darkness Casts No Shadow remain the core of Lustig's oeuvre . . . These books stand comparison with the best works written on the subject, such as Tadeusz Borowski's This Way to the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen."

—Josef Skvorecky

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810107069
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1986
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Holocaust survivor Arnost Lustig was born in Prague in 1926. Lustig became a radio reporter and upon his return from Prague with his mother. Currently, Lustig teaches at the American University in Washington, D. C. Lustig's short story selections include "Children of the Holocaust," "Indecent Dreams," and "Street of Lost Brothers." His awards include an Emmy, a National Jewish Book Award, and the Karel Capek Award for Literary Achievement by President Valclav Havel.

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