Accidents of Influence: Writing As a Woman and a Jew in by Norma Rosen

By Norma Rosen

For Norma Rosen, the Holocaust is the crucial occasion of the 20 th century. during this publication, she examines the connection of post-Holocaust writers to their paintings by way of topic, language, imagery, and dealing with as much as the duty of writing in a post-Holocaust period. She considers the paintings of such significant impacts on our time as T. S. Eliot, Simone Weil, Anne Frank, E. L. Doctorow, Norman Mailer, Eugenio Montale, Philip Roth, and Saul Bellow. injuries of effect combines severe research with own reaction and autobiographical moments. It contains quotidian encounters in friendship, intercourse, society, paintings, politics, reaction to violence, and spiritual observance, which fight for ethical flooring during this post-Holocaust period.

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Or against the wish of the rank and file of Jews for the "sentimentalizing and sweetening," as Saul Bellow called it, of Jewish life.  But now as he listened, as he felt uneasy and Page 43 sought to dismiss his emotion, he began to feel that he was wrong to suppose that the separation, the contempt and the gulf had nothing to do with his work; perhaps, on the contrary, it was the center; or perhaps it was the starting­point and compelled the innermost motion of the work to be flight, or criticism, or denial, or rejection.

Could this be a picture of Jews about to go to the gas chambers—these selfish, self­deluding pastry­eaters?  In the forests, he is forced to hide his Jewishness—but he discovers there that the one thing that gives him inner distinction, the thing he can cling to and that helps to sustain him and save his life, is what he calls the "sweet secret" of his Jewishness.  But if he clones his parents a hundred times in one novel, do we then have a picture of Jewish­German society under Hitler, or of hated parents cloned a hundred times?

That gave him hope and joy in exile, that kept him warm until he died. So again, within the ghastly numbing horror of this not­yet­ Page 32 forty­year­old story of how six million Jews came to be killed, there leaps up the complicated and infinitely moving tragedy of one—and of one by one.  But as far as I can judge, the mind and heart are revealed intact. " Since this conjecture reflects something of my own experience, the reader is free to regard it as intrusively subjective or happily intuitive.

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