Live via Zoom:
Thursday, November 12, 7:30 PM ET
Authors in Conversation: Jewish Literature in the 20th Century
Adam Kirsch presents The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century
Ruth Franklin presents A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction
Literary critics Adam Kirsch and Ruth Franklin come to Greenlight for a virtual discussion of their compelling work on Jewish literature in the 20th century. Kirsch’s The Blessing and the Curse is an erudite and accessible survey of Jewish life and culture in the twentieth century, as reflected in seminal texts. With discussions of major books by over thirty writers, he argues that literature offers a new way to think about what it means to be Jewish in the modern world. Franklin’s A Thousand Darknesses examines the question: Do narratives about the Holocaust have a special obligation to be faithful to the facts of history? Franklin argues that the memory-obsessed culture of the last few decades has led to a mistaken focus on testimony as the only valid form of Holocaust writing, making a persuasive case for literature as an equally vital vehicle for understanding the Holocaust. Join Kirsch and Franklin at this virtual book event for a sweeping and illuminating conversation.