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Writing Wrongs: Rachel Seiffert on The Dark Room

The first lecture of the Wiener Library's 'Writing Wrongs: The Nazi Era in Fiction' series.

A lecture by Rachel Seiffert on her novel 'The Dark Room', chaired by Professor Robert Eaglestone.

Rachel Seiffert was born in Oxford to German and Australian parents, and now lives in London. The subject of this lecture is Seiffert's first novel, The Dark Room, which explores the legacy of Nazi guilt in Germany through the related stories of three 20th-century Germans. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 2001, and winner of a Betty Trask Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2002, the book examines the legacy of Nazism in Germany and explores German attitudes to the Holocaust. Seiffert's latest novel is Afterwards (2007).

Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Deputy Director of Royal Holloway’s Research Centre of the Holocaust and Twentieth Century History. His main interests are in the contemporary, spanning literature (mainly fiction), philosophy and history. His work has focused on issues of ethics, aesthetics and the philosophy of history, and he has spent some years working through a series of questions about the legacy of the Holocaust and the Second Word War in these fields.


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Date and Time:

8 December 2009 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
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020 7636 7247

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