Elie Wiesel's Secretive Texts

Elie Wiesel's Secretive Texts

By: Colin Davis (author)Hardback

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Elie Wiesel's fiction is rooted in his experience as a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. His work as a novelist has been accompanied by increasing involvement in human rights activities, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. Working through some of the ethical implications of literary interpretation, Colin Davis examines the consequences of taking a modern critical perspective on Holocaust literature. With the notion of narrative secrecy fundamental to his study, he suggests that Wiesel's fiction is more darkly ambiguous and deeply complex than his stance on human rights issues. Drawing on Wiesel's short stories, novels and essays, Davis illustrates the disjunction between the uncertainties expressed in Wiesel's fiction and the polemical confidence of some of his non-literary writing. He discusses tensions in the fiction in the context of the personal, theological, intellectual and aesthetic traumas of the Holocaust. He analyses important themes in Wiesel's writing, such as madness, language and silence, and the death of the father, and links them to the ideas of storytelling and of the loss of meaning. He ends by drawing some tentative conclusions about secrecy and interpretation through a consideration of Wiesel's most recent novel, ""The Forgotten"". Davis acknowledges the risks involved in approaching Holocaust literature from the standpoint of fictional form. He writes, ""By concentrating on hesitations and indeterminacies in Wiesel's writing, I do not for a moment intend to deny the awful reality of the Holocaust, or to detract from Wiesel's remarkable work as a human rights activist"". While Wiesel's fiction is disturbingly enigmatic, David says, the pain on every page is radiantly clear.

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  • ISBN13: 9780813013039
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780813013039
  • ISBN10: 0813013038

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