Lawrence L. Langer (essay date 1975)
SOURCE: Langer, Lawrence L. “Acquainted with the Night.” In The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination, pp. 31-73. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1975.
[In the following excerpt, Langer explores some ways in which various writers transformed their experience of the Holocaust into art.]
Who will write us new laws of harmony? We have no further use for well- tempered clavichords. We ourselves are too much dissonance.
In the beginning there was the Holocaust. We must therefore start all over again. … What it was we may never know; but we must proclaim, at least, that it was, that it is.
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