The Invisible Voice: Meditations on Jewish Themes

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Written over the last two decades, the essays in this collection speak to what it means to be Jewish-historically, theologically, ideologically, philosophically-within the context of the Holocaust and the disintegration of Communism. George Konrád, a Diaspora Jew, espouses Zionism, he tells us, as one who might, if he chooses, move to Jerusalem, just as he might, if he chooses, move to Paris. Konrád, one of Europe's preeminent essayists and novelists, covers much ground in The Invisible Voice, from German collective guilt to assimilation, from the Diaspora Jew to Israel and Palestine. He discusses the participation of Jews in the "nationalist and Communist experiments," and the issue of forcing collective guilt on the Germans. He looks at European integration and how the Jews fit into it, and what their conduct should be. Should they work toward assimilation or separation in order to survive? These are thoughtful and provocative essays.

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The Invisible Voice: Meditations on Jewish Themes is a collection of essays by the Hungarian Jewish writer George Konrad. The 20 pieces printed here were written between 1985 and 1997. They include Konrad's thoughts on German collective guilt, assimilation, the situation of the Diaspora Jew, and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Konrad, who was born in 1933, was imprisoned in Budapest in 1956 for his political writings. There followed alternating periods of exile from and return to his native country, and in 1989 his writings again exerted a seminal influence on democratic movements in Eastern Europe, comparable with the influence of works by Vaclav Havel and Milan Kundera. Konrad's writing is distinguished by its dogged pursuit of moral questions about the extent of personal responsibility within a community and the effects of social policy on individuals. Among the most interesting pieces in The Invisible Voice is Konrad's essay "On Jewish and Christian Reconciliation," in which he asserts that "If these two religions want to live, they must take account of the two thousand years that have passed since biblical times, of everything people have done and written since then." This necessitates that "Both must take account of a third spiritual authority," which Konrad equates with "the fundamental idea of human rights," though he denounces facile notions that are often attached to that term. "A human being must not submit his freedom of conscience to any human institution, neither state nor church," Konrad writes. "European experience has proved that the dignity of the human individual is an unvanquishable virtue." Such incisive thinking makes The Invisible Voice a very valuable and bracing book. --Michael Joseph Gross

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George Konrad, born in 1933, is Hungary's preeminent essayist and novelist. He served as president of International PEN from 1990 to 1993. In 1991 he won the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He is president of the Academy of Art in Berlin.

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