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Susie Linfield"To write about atrocity is impossible," Ruth Franklin admits in A Thousand Darknesses, an illuminating meditation on the special obligations and thorny contradictions of Holocaust novels. "Yet not to write about it—though to do so is absurd, obscene, repugnant, insect-like—is equally impossible." The moral nobility of Franklin's book lies in its willingness to confront this impossibility head-on—and blissfully free of dogma, guilt and sanctimony—without offering comforting, false or easy solutions…Franklin has written a beautiful book that addresses the ugliest of subjects, proving, once more, that it can be done.
—The Washington Post