Bearing the Unbearable

Bearing the Unbearable : Yiddish and Polish Poetry in the Ghettos and Concentration Camps

5 (3 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$33.95

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

This book is a pioneering study of Yiddish and Polish-Jewish concentration camp and ghetto poetry. It reveals the impact of the immediacy of experience as a formative influence on perception, response, and literary imagination, arguing that literature that is contemporaneous with unfolding events offers perceptions different from those presented after the fact. Documented here is the emergence of poetry as the dominant literary form and quickest reaction to the atrocities. The authors shows that the mission of the poets was to provide testimony to their epoch, to speak for themselves and for those who perished. For the Jews in the condemned world, this poetry was a vehicle of cultural sustenance, a means of affirming traditional values, and an expression of moral defiance that often kept the spirit of the readers from dying. The explication of the poetry (which has been translated by the author) offer challenging implications for the field of critical theory, including shifts in literary practices--prompted by the growing atrocities--that reveal a spectrum of complex experimental techniques..
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791458563
  • 9780791458563

Review quote

this book has singular importance as a study of poetry in relation to the Holocaust...[and] real merit as a resource in the burgeoning field of critical theory generally, poetics in particular."--Terrence Des Pres..".a distinguished contribution to Holocaust scholarship."--Irving Halperin ..".it is one of the best works I ever read on the subject..."--Miriam Novitch
show more

About Frieda W. Aaron

Born in Warsaw, Frieda W. Aaron survived the Warsaw ghetto, Maidanek and other concentration camps.
show more

Rating details

3 ratings
5 out of 5 stars
5 100% (3)
4 0% (0)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X