By Rivkah Zim
Boethius wrote The comfort of Philosophy as a prisoner condemned to loss of life for treason, situations which are mirrored within the topics and matters of its evocative poetry and discussion among the prisoner and his mentor, woman Philosophy. This vintage philosophical assertion of overdue antiquity has had a permanent impression on Western proposal. it's also the earliest instance of what Rivkah Zim identifies as a particular and very important medium of literary resistance: writing in captivity by way of prisoners of moral sense and persecuted minorities.
The Consolations of Writing finds why the nice members to this practice of legal writing are one of the most important figures in Western literature. Zim pairs writers from various sessions and cultural settings, rigorously analyzing the rhetorical suggestions they utilized in captivity, usually below the specter of demise. She appears to be like at Boethius and Dietrich Bonhoeffer as philosophers and theologians writing in safeguard in their principles, and Thomas extra and Antonio Gramsci as politicians in discussion with proven ideas of church and kingdom. diverse rules of grace and shame occupied John Bunyan and Oscar Wilde in criminal; Madame Roland and Anne Frank wrote themselves into background in numerous sorts of memoir; and Jean Cassou and Irina Ratushinskaya voiced their resistance to totalitarianism via lyric poetry that kept their lives and encouraged others. ultimately, Primo Levi’s writing after his unencumber from Auschwitz recollects and decodes the obscenity of systematic genocide and its aftermath.
A relocating and robust testomony, The Consolations of Writing speaks to a few of the main profound questions on existence, enriching our knowing of what it truly is to be human.