Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps


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Devoted to the ways in which Holocaust literature and Gulag literature provide contexts for each other, Leona Toker's book shows how the prominent features of one shed light on the veiled features and methods of the other. Toker views these narratives and texts against the background of historical information about the Soviet and the Nazi regimes of repression. Writers at the center of this work include Varlam Shalamov, Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, and Ka-Tzetnik, and others, including Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Evgeniya Ginzburg, and Jorge Semprún, illuminate the discussion. Toker's twofold analysis concentrates on the narrative qualities of the works as well as on the ways in which each text documents the writer's experience and in which fictionalized narrative can double as historical testimony. References to events might have become obscure owing to the passage of time and the cultural diversity of readers; the book explains them and shows how they form new meaning in the text. Toker is well-known as a skillful interpreter of Gulag literature, and this text presents new thinking about how Gulag literature and Holocaust literature enable a better understanding about testimony in the face of evil.


Inter-Contextuality: Introduction

1. The Gulag and Nazi Camps: From Improvisation to Stability

2. Two Strands of Concentration Camp Literature: A Brief History of an Entanglement

3. The Muselmann and the Dokhodiaga

4. Forced Labor

5. The Drowned and the Reprieved

6. On the Way to Resistance

7. Faith

8. Endgames

9. Survivor Guilt

Concluding Reflections

Works Cited




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Published 28 August 2019
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EAN13 9780253043559
Language English

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