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Old 10-23-2010, 03:46 AM   #85 (permalink)
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Finished The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge (the first Soviet writer to call the Stalin regime "totalitarian") offers a lot insight into the purges of prominent party leaders and the Soviet zeitgeist of the late 30s. Also read James Jones' From Here to Eternity.

Originally Posted by DudeEMETIB View Post
The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick

Probably closer to a short story than a book, it's only about 60-70 pages long, but it's a pretty good story about a traumatized holocaust survivor's inability to assimilate into society once she's moved to America with her niece, after being in a concentration camp and having her child killed before her eyes (in a kind of epic way).
Read this a few months ago. I must admit I take issue with non-survivors treating the Holocaust as a literary genre. Ozick seems like a fine writer but, aside from my complaint, the topic is well trod by now.
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