|dc.description.abstract||1. Sweetness and Light. A novel.
Judi lives in a nice, clean house with her seventeen year old stepson, who won’t
talk to her in anything but monosyllables. His father, Nelson, and she are
struggling to relate to each other, since they fell out over Judi’s continued desire
to have a baby, despite many miscarriages. She’s forty-one. Her relationship has
lost its spark, she doesn’t know how to talk to the man that she lives with
anymore. To make matters worse, he is her boss too.
Judi needs answers, what she discovers instead is The Secret, Rhonda
Byrne’s internationally bestselling guide to shaping the world around you with
the power of your mind. Judi soon discovers she’s pretty good at it. Uncanny
things start to happen.
A wine-do with literary pretentions leads to an unexpectedly spiritual
interlude, during which Judi is led, by a cosmic vision, to discover the sinister
happenings at her work place. Hope, a schizophrenic woman in their care, has
been raped, and is pregnant. Worse, Judi has strong reason to suspect that her
abuser is the man she has shared her life with. With The Secret as her moral
compass, Judi decides to kidnap Hope and raise the baby as her own.
The relationship on the brink, becomes a game of brinkmanship. As Judi
struggles to build a dream-life from the wreckage of the old, the burden of past
makes its weight felt. A novel of secrets, and The Secret. An exploration of
cosmic ordering, and its consequences. 2:Making Light Of The Holocaust: Modelling Calvino’s concept of lightness as an
appropriate literary response to the Shoah in Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces.
In Six Memos For The New Millenium, Italo Calvio proposes that lightness is a
literary value which can act against cultural and creative paralysis. Given the
ongoing cultural obligation to bear witness to the events of The Holocaust,
might lightness be a necessary approach to post-holocaust literature? Calvino’s
concept of lightness is deconstructed and examined in relation to the Memorial
to The Murdered Jews Of Europe. The understandable critical hesitancy
surrounding a light approach to the atrocities is examined, with special
reference to Benigni’s La vita è bella
Finally, taking Anne Michaels’ novel Fugitive Pieces as an exemplar of the
lightness Calvino advocated at work in the field of holocaust literature, the case
is made for the appropriateness, and potential necessity, of this approach in
works that address The Holocaust, in the specific context of Michaels’ work and