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The Shawl

The Shawl

by Cynthia Ozick

Just as you can’t grasp anything without an opposable thumb, you can’t write anything without the aid of metaphor. Metaphor is the mind’s opposable thumb.

Resources about the Holocaust

  • Bachrach, Susan D. Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust. Boston: Little, Brown, 1994.
  • Landau, Elaine. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. New York: Macmillan, 1992.
  • Meltzer, Milton. Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust. New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1977.
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    The website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum offers educational material, photo archives, interviews with survivors, and more.
If you want to read more about the Holocaust:
  • Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, 1947
  • Elie Wiesel's Night, 1958
  • Art Spiegelman's Maus and Maus II, 1986; 1991
  • Primo Levi's The Drowned and the Saved, 1988
If you want to read works that have enriched Cynthia Ozick, you might enjoy:
  • George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, 1876
  • Henry James's The Beast in the Jungle, 1903
  • Joseph Conrad's The Secret Sharer, 1910
  • Saul Bellow's Ravelstein, 2000
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