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An Interrupted Life: Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum, 1941-43

An Interrupted Life: Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum, 1941-43
A collection of the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum (1914-43) who lived in Amsterdam that were composed in the shadow of the Holocaust, but their interest lies in the light-filled mind that pervades them and in the internal journey they chart.
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ISBN/EAN: 9780953478057
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Pub. Date: June 22 1999
Author: HILLESUM, ETTY
Format: Paperback
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A collection of the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum (1914-43) who lived in Amsterdam that were composed in the shadow of the Holocaust, but their interest lies in the light-filled mind that pervades them and in the internal journey they chart.
Etty Hillesum (1914-43) lived in Amsterdam, like Anne Frank, and like her she kept a diary. 'All the writings she left behind,' writes Eva Hoffman in her Preface to this edition of her diaries and letters, 'were composed in the shadow of the Holocaust, but they resist being read primarily in its dark light. Rather, their abiding interest lies in the light-filled mind that pervades them and in the astonishing internal journey they chart. Etty's pilgrimage grew out of the intimate experience of an intellectual young woman - it was idiosyncratic, individual, and recognisably modern...The private person who revealed herself in her diary was impassioned, erotically volatile, restless...Yet she had the kind of genius for introspection that converts symptoms into significance and joins self-examination to philosophical investigation...In the last stages of her amazing and moving journey, Etty seemed to attain that peace which passeth understanding...Finally, however, the violence and brutality she saw all around her overwhelmed even her capacity to understand...But by knowing and feeling so deeply and fully, an unknown young woman became one of the most exceptional and truest witnesses of the devastation through which she lived. '
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