Ozick assails writers’ lack of responsibility
Holocaust writers should ‘restrict imagination’
By Ken Gewertz
Harvard News Office

The writer of fiction may alter and distort reality in any way he or she pleases, as long as the result possesses a consistency that allows readers to suspend their disbelief and accept the imaginative world the writer has created.
The exception to this rule is when a fiction writer takes on the Holocaust.

This was the argument presented by writer Cynthia Ozick in her Nov. 28 talk “The Rights of Imagination and the Rights of History.” The lecture, which honored the memory of novelist Saul Bellow, was co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of English and American Literature and Language, and the Alan and Elisabeth Doft Lecture and Publication Fund. For full story.