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Yann Martel

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book.jpgBeatrice & Virgil (Spiegel & Grau)

After recognizing that most holocaust literature is centered on personal testimony, Yann Martel decided to create an allegory about the holocaust — a different approach to this traumatic material. He arrived at a sort of philosophical fable in the manner of Voltaire and Diderot. We discuss, in detail, his strategy and its meaning.

Read an excerpt from Beatrice & Virgil.

 

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Host:
Michael Silverblatt