A Thousand Darknesses Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction

Franklin, Ruth
Date published: 
January 2011

In her provocative study A Thousand Darknesses, Ruth Franklin investigates questions of meaning, history, and literary value as they arise in the most significant works of Holocaust fiction. Franklin argues that the memory-obsessed culture of the last few decades has led us to mistakenly focus on testimony as the only valid form of Holocaust writing, denying the inherently hybrid nature of the memoir while also neglecting novels and other imaginative forms that radiate meaning in other equally or even more powerful ways.