Jurek Becker: A Jew Who Became a German? David Rock

ISBN: 9781859733325

Published: June 1st 2000

Hardcover

192 pages


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Jurek Becker: A Jew Who Became a German?  by  David Rock

Jurek Becker: A Jew Who Became a German? by David Rock
June 1st 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 192 pages | ISBN: 9781859733325 | 7.15 Mb

Jurek Becker is one of the most important post-war German authors. His first novel, Jacob the Liar, already has the status of a classic of post-1945 European literature about the Holocaust and has been widely translated. This timely book traces theMoreJurek Becker is one of the most important post-war German authors. His first novel, Jacob the Liar, already has the status of a classic of post-1945 European literature about the Holocaust and has been widely translated.

This timely book traces the main events in Beckers unusual personal history: his childhood experiences in the Lodz Ghetto and in the concentration camps of Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen, his life in the GDR, and his move to the West.

The author reflects both on Beckers quest for his Jewish identity as well as on his achievements in terms of narrative technique, formal innovation and style. Examining Beckers treatment of the Holocaust in his novels and stories, the author highlights their central themes of hope as resistance to barbarity, the idea of memory, the inability of a survivor of the camps to overcome psychological scars, but also the provocative portrayal of Jews as oppressors who take revenge on their former persecutors.

Beckers portrayal of life in former East Germany, the role of gender relations, the problems facing a writer under a socialist regime, and East-West German relations are also investigated.As the first comprehensive assessment of Beckers life and work, this book will be essential reading for those interested in German and Holocaust literature, critical theory and German studies.



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