Maus II, Silence and Nothingness

So, do you admire your father for surviving? Well... sure. I know there was a lot of luck involved, but he was amazingly present-minded and resourceful... Then you think it's admirable to survive. Does that mean it's not admirable to survive? I think I see what you mean. It's as if life equals winning, so death equals losing. Yes. Life always takes the side of life and somehow the victims are blamed. But it wasn't the best peeople who survived, nor did the best ones die. It was random! Sigh... I'm not talking about your book now, but look at how many books have already been written about the Holocaust. What's the point? People haven't changed... Maybe they need a newer, bigger Holocaust. Anyway, the victims who died can never tell their side of the story, so maybe it's better not to have any more stories. Samuel Beckett once said, "Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness." Yes. On the other hand, he said it. He was right. Maybe you can include it in your book.

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