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Facing the Extreme By Tzvetan Todorov

Facing the Extreme
by Tzvetan Todorov

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Focusing on the Nazi concentration camps and Stalinist gulags, this book examines the human capacity for moral behaviour. Drawing on the testimonies of survivors and eyewitnesses, the author creates a vivid portrait of the conduct of those who ran the camps and those who suffered therein.
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Facing the Extreme: Moral Life in the Concentration Camps by Tzvetan Todorov

`Graceful and gigantic...a fascinating tour through the subtlety, integrity and brave honesty of Todorov's thought.' New York Times Book Review. In Facing the Extreme, the internationally renowned writer and critic Tzvetan Todorov focuses on the Nazi concentration camps and the Soviet gulag to examine our capacity for moral behaviour. Drawing widely on the testimonies of eyewitnesses and survivors, Todorov creates a vivid portrait of the conduct of those who ran the camps and those who suffered their outrages. Challenging the widespread view that moral life is extinguished in such extreme circumstances, he uncovers instead a rich universe composed not of grand acts but of innumerable ordinary gestures of dignity and care, compassion and solidarity. Described as `a masterpiece' by Stanley Hoffman in Foreign Affairs, Facing the Extreme restores, in supple, eloquent prose, a dimension of these terrible periods that has been lost to historians and moral philosophers. `Facing the Extreme is very much more than a eulogy to courage; it is a song to life. One of the finest intellectual minds of our time goes beyond the question of why to answer how integrity comes to be.' Gitta Sereny.

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About Tzvetan Todorov


Tzvetan Todorov is Director of Research at the Centre National de Recherches in Paris.

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GOR001422766
Facing the Extreme: Moral Life in the Concentration Camps by Tzvetan Todorov
Tzvetan Todorov
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
1999-03-11
307
0297643061
9780297643067
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