Breaking Crystal: Writing and Memory after Auschwitz (review)

Breaking Crystal: Writing and Memory after Auschwitz (review) Book Reviews suggestive asides about the influence of these four women, for example on postwar thinkers such as Levinas, Fackenheim, and Arendt, are largely unexplored. I would recommend anyone who had an interest in any particular chapter to read it, since individually the chapters are clear and concise in laying out the fields of discussion. However, since it has to compare the religious, philosophical, educational, biographical, historical, and artistic aspects of four separate writers, the book relies structurally on the strength of its ability to relate one writer to the next and one topic to the next. Brenner has chosen to attempt lucidity through specificity and has broken the book up into parts, chapters, and subsections. Rather than supporting the text, this structure supports the section at the expense of the whole, which rarely makes it over the section break without losing momentum. Dan Friedman Department of Comparative Literature Yale University Breaking Crystal: Writing and Memory after Auschwitz, edited by Efraim Sicher. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. 378 pp. $49.95. Efraim Sicher's edited volume, Breaking Crystal: Writing and Memory after Auschwitz, effectively probes the particularities of second-generation witness to the Holocaust. Throughout, the volume acknowledges that historical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Breaking Crystal: Writing and Memory after Auschwitz (review)

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Book Reviews suggestive asides about the influence of these four women, for example on postwar thinkers such as Levinas, Fackenheim, and Arendt, are largely unexplored. I would recommend anyone who had an interest in any particular chapter to read it, since individually the chapters are clear and concise in laying out the fields of discussion. However, since it has to compare the religious, philosophical, educational, biographical, historical, and artistic aspects of four separate writers, the book relies structurally on the strength of its ability to relate one writer to the next and one topic to the next. Brenner has chosen to attempt lucidity through specificity and has broken the book up into parts, chapters, and subsections. Rather than supporting the text, this structure supports the section at the expense of the whole, which rarely makes it over the section break without losing momentum. Dan Friedman Department of Comparative Literature Yale University Breaking Crystal: Writing and Memory after Auschwitz, edited by Efraim Sicher. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. 378 pp. $49.95. Efraim Sicher's edited volume, Breaking Crystal: Writing and Memory after Auschwitz, effectively probes the particularities of second-generation witness to the Holocaust. Throughout, the volume acknowledges that historical

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Published: Oct 3, 1999

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