Aharon Appelfeld's Fiction: Acknowledging the Holocaust

Aharon Appelfeld's Fiction: Acknowledging the Holocaust

by Emily Miller Budick

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Aharon Appelfeld's Fiction: Acknowledging the Holocaust by Emily Miller Budick

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 Appelfeld's novels Badenheim 1939, The Iron Tracks, The Age of Wonders, and Tzili, and his autobiographical work The Story of a 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. Budick 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253111067
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 01/17/2005
Series: Jewish Literature and Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 375 KB

About the Author

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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