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4 The Laugh of a God Who Doesn’t Exist

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This chapter presents a narrative of strange faith in God from Shimon Zalmanson, one of the characters in See Under: Love. According to Zalmanson, even infernos such as Auschwitz are barrels full of 'little favors of divine will', and with full religious assent he takes them to heart, laughing, laughing to God, even in the most Godforsaken instant of his dying. Entering the 'White Room' of imagination equals the courage to 'embody the soul of the other', which is an expression David Grossman uses in an essay on literature and writing. Only from the 'White Room', which in fact does not exist, one might be able to truly write about the Holocaust. Just like Zalmanson's religion, imagination is an infinite field of possibilities forming the base of each actualized reality, also to the extent that these possibilities have not been actualized.

Keywords: Auschwitz; David Grossman; God; Holocaust; See Under: Love; Shimon Zalmanson; White Room

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