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Author Furst, Lilian R.

Title Random destinations : escaping the Holocaust and starting life anew / Lilian R. Furst
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 213 pages)
Contents I: To the Reader -- "Shards from the Explosion" / Lilian Furst -- II: London -- "Twin Souls" / Anita Brookner -- "The Hidden Abyss" / Gillian Tindall -- "A Success Story" / Ruth Prawer Jhabvala -- III: British Provinces -- "Try to Forget" / Maureen Duffy -- "To Serve Under the Chimney" / W.G. Sebald -- IV: New York -- "The Great Loss" / Bernard Malamud -- "An Abundance of Happiness" / Ruth Prawer Jhabvala -- "A Bizarre Double Game" / Isaac Bashevis Singer -- V: US Provinces -- "Can You Harmonize?" / Carol Asch -- "An Inconsequential Appendix and Coda" / Randall Jarrell -- VI: India -- "Accepting but not Accepted" / Anita Desai -- "The Hanger-On" / Ruth Prawer Jhabvala -- "A Bit in the Middle of Nowhere" / Lilian Furst -- VII: Notes
Summary Random Destinations examines how novels and short stories portray those who managed to escape from Central Europe in the 1930s following the rise of Nazism. They faced many concrete and psychological problems at their random destinations: language acquisition, adjustment to different mores, fitting into the community, coming to terms with having been rejected by their homeland, the conflict between the desire to remember and/or forget their past, and, above all, the need to reshape their identities. Their personal struggles are contextualized within their historical situation, both global and specific to their new locale. The book argues that fiction, by taking ordinary escapees' difficulties into account, paradoxically offers a subtler and more truer picture that sociological studies that have tended to foreground the successes of a few outstanding individuals
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-207) and index
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Subject English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Jewish refugees in literature.
English-speaking countries -- In literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005047208
ISBN 1281368083
1403969752 (alk. paper)
1403979413 (electronic bk.)
9781281368089
9781403969750 (alk. paper)
9781403979414 (electronic bk.)