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6 Diasporic Remarks

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This chapter presents diasporic remarks from David Grossman's novel See Under: Love. Grossman accedes to what is called the second generation of Holocaust-novelists. The author used the expressions 'bearing witness' and 'giving testimony', and in doing so, he was referring to the theoretical work of Giorgio Agamben, more specifically to his book Remnants of Auschwitz. In this book, Agamben formulates the claim that whoever engages in bearing witness to the camps is doomed to bear witness to the impossibility of witnessing. In his novel, Grossman mentions the controversial statement by Adorno, questioning the possibility of writing poetry after Auschwitz, the phrase by Arendt about the banality of evil, and the notorious remarks by Hilberg and Arendt about the role of the Judenräte, the Jewish Councils. The Holocaust remains incomprehensible; it cannot be translated into the language of everyday reality. This is a common theme in the Holocaust-literature.

Keywords: David Grossman; diasporic remarks; Giorgio Agamben; Holocaust; Judenräte; Remnants of Auschwitz; See Under: Love

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