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Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382639

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.001.0001

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‘Moral Witnessing’?

‘Moral Witnessing’?

An Israeli Perspective on Jonathan Littell’s Les Bienveillantes*

(p.177) Chapter Eleven ‘Moral Witnessing’?
Being Contemporary

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

Liverpool University Press

‘‘Moral Witnessing?’ An Israeli Perspective on Jonathan Littell’s Les Bienveillantes’, written by Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, offers a cogent critique of Littell’s Goncourt-winning novel. Her essay argues that, despite its success in the popular press, Les Bienveillantes rehearses a banalization of evil as an aesthetic form, rendering readers simultaneously dispassionate and complicit in the crimes of the novel’s perpetrator-protagonist.

Keywords:   French and Francophone Studies, Literary Theory, Literary Criticism, European Literature, French Literature, French Culture, Cultural Studies, European Studies

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