The Writer’s Resistance
The key to Peter Weiss’s work lies in a short text entitled My Local Area. ‘It is a place,’ he writes, ‘for which I was marked down and from which I escaped. . . . Its name was Germanicized to improve the understanding of those who lived and worked there.’ The name of the place is Auschwitz. Without this very real vanishing-point of his life and imaginative spiritual autobiography, we can understand nothing of his writings.
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