Voicing the Void: Muteness and Memory in Holocaust Fiction

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6
Muted Chords

From Victim to Survivor

The Survivor

I am twenty-four
led to slaughter
I survived.

These labels are empty and synonymous:
man and beast
love and hate
friend and foe
light and dark.

Man can be killed like the beast
I've seen:
cartloads of hacked-up bodies
who will never be saved.

Concepts are but words:
virtue and crime
truth and falsehood
beauty and ugliness
courage and cowardice.

Virtue and vice have equal weight
I've seen:
a man who was vicious and virtuous.

I seek a teacher and master
let him restore to me sight hearing and speech
let him once again name things and concepts
let him separate light from dark.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • 1- Introduction - The Idea of Fiction 1
  • 2- The Figure Of Muteness 33
  • 3- Voices from The Killing Ground 47
  • 4- The Mute Language Of Brutality 71
  • 5- The Reluctant Witness 95
  • 6- Muted Chords - From Victim to Survivor 109
  • 7- The Night Side Of Speech 157
  • 8- Refused Memory 181
  • 9- The Chain Of Testimony 217
  • Notes 227
  • Bibliography 245
  • Index 265
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