Of Cabbages and Kings

September 16, 2007

‘What happened over there’

Filed under: Across the Universe, books — Chinmayi @ 1:41 pm

is apparently how Jews refer to the holocaust. As opposed to ‘what happened then’ which is how others refer to it.

From an article by David Grossman on why he had to write about the Holocaust… and on feeling the holocaust


In the little notebook she takes on her journey, she writes, “Thousands of moments and hours and days, millions of deeds, endless acts and attempts and mistakes and words and thoughts, all to make one person in the world.”

Then she adds another line: “One person, who is so easy to destroy.”

The secret allure and the greatness of literature, the secret that sends us to it over and over again, with enthusiasm and a longing to find refuge and meaning, is that literature can repeatedly redeem for us the tragedy of the one from the statistics of the millions. The one about whom the story is written, and the one who reads the story



  1. The Grossman piece is very powerful and I thank you for providing a link to it. Seems to me I’d better bookmark the GUARDIAN page, a number of my friends have forwarded pieces garnered from the pages of that particular newspaper…

    Comment by Cliff Burns — September 16, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

  2. That would be a great idea. The Guardian is full of fascinating material…I really enjoy it

    Comment by Contrary Mary — September 17, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

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