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9 Torag, Dolgan, Ning, Gyoya, Orga: Diaspora under the Sign of Salmon

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David Grossman's novel See Under: Love engages with the sheer unspeakability of suffering mass-produced in the Nazi extermination routine, and poses a landmark challenge to the Diaspora denial and silence on the Shoah sustaining Israeli state-formation from mid-century into the 1980s. The translation's decision to add a glossary critically translates the force of the site of enunciation which the Hebrew prayer in the original voices in its own right, in contingent defiance of the noble sentiment of 'complete contingency'. The glossary consists primarily of Yiddish words, with a handful of Polish, German and Russian terms setting the region. But it does not include the strange terms coursing with the salmon through part two: torag, dolgan, ning, gyoya, orga. The author cites these in the English transliteration supplied by Grossman's translator Betsy Rosenberg, as arresting script strings newly coined in Shlomo Neuman's rewriting of Bruno Schulz as a salmon.

Keywords: David Grossman; Diaspora; dolgan; gyoya; ning; salmon; See Under: Love; Shlomo Neuman; Shoah; torag



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