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Lamentation for 77 297 Victims

Lamentation for 77 297 Victims

Weil, Jiří

subjects: fiction, Czech studies
series: Modern Czech Classics

paperback, 66 pp., 1. edition
translation: Lightfoot, David T.
published: february 2021
ISBN: 978-80-246-4533-9
recommended price: 200 czk

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Jiří Weil’s documentary prose poem, Lamentation for 77,297 Victims is a literary monument to the Czech Jews killed during the Holocaust. A remarkable Czech-Jewish writer who worked at Prague’s Jewish Museum during the Nazi Occupation and after – he survived the Holocaust by faking his own death – Weil wrote his Lamentation while he served as the museum’s senior librarian in the 1950s.
Remarkable literary experiment opening new ways how to write about the undescribable combines a narrative of the Shoa, newspaper style accounts of individual lives destroyed by the Holocaust, and quotes from the Tanakh, each having a specific and powerful effect.

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