Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive

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Zone Books, 1999 - History - 175 pages
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In this book the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben looks closely at the literature of the survivors of Auschwitz, probing the philosophical and ethical questions raised by their testimony.

"In its form, this book is a kind of perpetual commentary on testimony. It did not seem possible to proceed otherwise. At a certain point, it became clear that testimony contained at its core an essential lacuna; in other words, the survivors bore witness to something it is impossible to bear witness to. As a consequence, commenting on survivors' testimony necessarily meant interrogating this lacuna or, more precisely, attempting to listen to it. Listening to something absent did not prove fruitless work for this author. Above all, it made it necessary to clear away almost all the doctrines that, since Auschwitz, have been advanced in the name of ethics."
--Giorgio Agamben

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Review: Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive (Homo sacer III.)

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This is a very difficult book to read. But it compels us to think about the unthinkable: Muzelmann as the modern Homo Sacer, the collective failure of nation-state, the dangers of biopower, ... Read full review

Review: Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive (Homo sacer III.)

User Review  - Jaclyn - Goodreads

What I understood deeply moved me; granted, there was much that I couldn't follow. Fortuitously, a good friend recommend that I purchase the book. So I, like other goodreaders, will give it a second go in a few months and see what additional information I can gather. Read full review


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Giorgio Agamben is the author of more than fifteen books on topics ranging from aesthetics to poetics, ontology to political philosophy. He is best known for his Homo Sacer series. He recently retired from the Universita Iuav di Venezia.

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