Auschwitz and After

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Charlotte Delbo; Translated by Rosette C. Lamont; Introduction by Lawrence L. Langer

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This unique and profoundly moving memoir of life in the concentration camps and afterward was written by a French female resistance leader, a non-Jew who became an important literary figure in post-war France. Now available in English in its entirety for the first time, this book includes vignettes, poems, and prose poems that speak eloquently of horror, heroism, and conscience.

Review of the French edition:
"This poetry helps us touch the truth. It alone could communicate to us, make us feel the despair beyond all despair, martyrdom."—Francois Bott, Le Monde

"Delbo brings a humanity to these familiar scenes of inhumanity through her vivid rendering of her comrades, and she eschews the philosophical musings of other Holocaust literature for an intimate account of daily life in the camps. . . . A
profound testimonial."—Kirkus Reviews

"Finally translated into English, this unique memoir will be able to reach the larger audience that it deserves."—George Cohen, Booklist

"This valuable, well-translated collection provides an important account of a prisoner's life at Auschwitz."—Choice

"This powerful work should soon be both widely admired and read alongside other tragic narratives of the Holocaust. . . . One of the most important books to appear on the war. . . . The challenge of Auschwitz and After is this: to listen to the woman who is speaking, to hold the beauty of her words and the starkness of her images at once."—Elizabeth A. Houlding, The Women`s Review of Books

"This trilogy uses fresh images and innovative stylistic techniques to force readers to confront the horrors of the concentration camps and of the Holocaust. The author breaks new ground in addressing the psychology of Holocaust
survivors."—Richard Lachman, Multicultural Review

"An impressive memoir."—Sheldon Kirshner, The Canadian Jewish News

Charlotte Delbo (1913-1985) is the author of numerous plays and essays. Her masterpiece is the trilogy Auschwitz and After. Rosette C. Lamont is professor of French and comparative literature at Queens College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, where she is also on the faculty of the doctoral program in theater. Lamont has previously translated Delbo's book Days and Memories. A friend of Delbo, she considers her to be, like Beckett, a minimalist of infinite pain, a voice of conscience.

"I find Rosette C. Lamont’s remarkable translation of Charlotte Delbo’s work perceptive, delicate, and poignant, in short: exceptional."—Elie Wiesel

"In this finely translated trilogy, Charlotte Delbo renders with economy and nuance pictures from the hell of Auschwitz. What she recalls in prose and verse would be unbearable except for the very precision of thought and sense she brings to it. No memoir of those times is more sensitive and less sentimental."—Geoffrey Hartman, Yale University

"This trilogy uses fresh images and innovative stylistic techniques to force readers to confront the horrors of the concentration camps and of the Holocaust. The author breaks new ground in addressing the psychology of Holocaust survivors."—Richard Lachman, Multicultural Review

"Translated into English for the first time in its entirety, a painful and moving trilogy by a member of the French Resistance and survivor of Auschwitz….Delbo brings a humanity to these familiar scenes of inhumanity through her vivid rendering of her comrades, and she eschews the philosophical musings of other Holocaust literature for an intimate account of daily life in the camps. . . . A profound testimonial."—Kirkus Reviews

"Finally translated into English, this unique memoir will be able to reach the larger audience that it deserves."—George Cohen, Booklist

"This valuable, well-translated collection provides an important account of a prisoner's life at Auschwitz."—Choice

"This trilogy uses fresh images and innovative stylistic techniques to force readers to confront the horrors of the concentration camps and of the Holocaust. The author breaks new ground in addressing the psychology of Holocaust survivors."—Richard Lachman, Multicultural Review

"An impressive memoir."—Sheldon Kirshner, The Canadian Jewish News

"Charlotte Delbo's harrowing text, beautifully written in varying poetic prose, takes the fusion of form and content on to another plane, depicting inferno where death is ever present."—Emma Klein, The Tablet

"Perhaps more than any other survivor memoir, this one captures the hell of the death camp. . . . Delbo's works present paradox after paradox, embodying and echoing the incredible truths that define the Holocaust."—Myra Goldenberg, Feminist Studies

"Because Delbo's work is such a poignant reminder of the horrors of the concentration camp experience and addresses survivors' difficulties in postwar life, it would be an excellent choice for an undergraduate or graduate class on the Second World War. It should also be required reading for graduate courses on the Holocaust."—R. Wesley White, German Studies Review

"This book—Delbo's profoundly moving vignettes, poems, and prose poems of life in the concentration camps and afterward—is a memoir of great value."—Translation Review

"This powerful work should soon be both widely admired and read alongside other tragic narratives of the Holocaust. . . . One of the most important books to appear on the war. . . . The challenge of Auschwitz and After is this: to listen to the woman who is speaking, to hold the beauty of her words and the starkness of her images at once."—Elizabeth A. Houlding, The Women's Review of Books

"This poetry helps us touch the truth. It alone could communicate to us, make us feel the despair beyond all despair, martyrdom."—Francois Bott, Le Monde

Winner of the 1995 American Literary Translators Association Award
ISBN: 9780300070576
Publication Date: February 27, 1997
376 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Auschwitz and After

Charlotte Delbo; Translated by Rosette C.

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