Random Destinations by Lilian R. Furst
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Random Destinations
By Lilian R. Furst

Random Destinations

Escaping the Holocaust and Starting Life Anew

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Random Destinations by Lilian R. Furst

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Random Destinations examines how novels and short stories portray those who managed to escape from Central Europe in the 1930s following the rise of Nazism. They faced many concrete and psychological problems at their random destinations: language acquisition, adjustment to different moves, fitting into the community, coming to terms with having been rejected by their homeland, the conflict between the desire to remember and/or forget their past, and, above all, the need to reshape their identities. Their personal struggles are contextualized within their historical situation, both global and specific to their new locale. The book argues that fiction, by taking ordinary escapees' difficulties into account, paradoxically offers a more subtle and true picture than sociological studies, that have tended to foreground the successes of a few outstanding individuals.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403969750
ISBN-10: 1403969752
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Pages: 213
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 8-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lilian R. Furst

LILIAN R. FURST is Marcel Bataillon Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, USA. Born in Vienna she escaped Austria in 1939. She was educated in England, and emigrated to the US in 1971. She has published mainly on nineteenth-century European literature, including Romanticism in Perspective, Fictions of Romantic Irony, and All is True: The Claims and Strategies of Realist Fiction. She has also published Home is Somewhere Else: Autobiography in Two Voices, which combines her own childhood memories of emigration with a manuscript left by her father.

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