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Rudnick, Ursula. 1995. Post-Shoa Religious Metaphors: The Image of God in the Poetry of Nelly Sachs. Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. 296 pp.
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Book – monograph
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A dissertation analyzing the concept of God in the poetry of Nelly Sachs (1881-1970), a German-Jewish survivor of the Shoa and 1966 Nobel-laureate. The discussion includes a biography of the poet, an in-depth interpretation of seven poems, and examines the poet's literary accomplishments as a "writer-survivor" compared to other similar forms of literature. The central thesis traces the biblical and mystical Jewish tradition which grounds the work, its relationship to various Holocaust theologies, and the inspiring mystical quality which characterizes Sachs's poetry. (Annotation copyright Book News Inc., Portland, OR)