The Din in the Head. The Din in the Headby. Cynthia Ozick general information review summaries our review links about the author. These pieces were previously published in various magazines. Return to top of the page - Our Assessment: A- : a mixed bag, but always lively, sharp writing.
Cynthia Ozick, the acclaimed novelist and essayist, wrote her first short story for The New Yorker in 1977, and she has contributed twenty-two pieces to the magazine since then. A nimble stylist, Ozick has written stories and critical essays on subjects as varied as Franz Kafka, the Holocaust, Monica Lewinsky, T. S. Eliot, and Dostoyevsky. “,” her second story published in the magazine, is a miniature masterpiece. Spanning two pages, it describes, in spare and unflinching prose, the desperation of a young woman in a concentration camp as she tries to keep her baby hidden from Nazi guards. The story, which won the O. Henry Prize after its publication, was viewed as all the more remarkable since Ozick herself was not a Holocaust survivor. In a 1987 interview with The Paris Review, Ozick challenged the notion that a writer should stick to writing what she knows, claiming that such a stance often limits the power of imagination.
Other books of interest under review. Return to top of the page - . American author Cynthia Ozick is the author of numerous works of fiction, as well as several collections of essays. She has been awarded a number of prizes and honors, and she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
She's a bohemian fundamentalist, convinced that if imaginative literature should lose its special status as the final arbiter of humanness, the deity will unleash another Great Flood." - Walter Kirn, The New York Times Book Review"Certainly she is a fearless critic, as the essays collectively entitled The Din in the Head demonstrate." - Clive Sinclair, Times Literary Supplement. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge (and remind and warn you) that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.- Return to top of the page - The 's Review. Cynthia Ozick's The Din in the Head collects her recent non- fiction, and much of it will be familiar to readers of the publications her work regularly appears in (The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, etc.; oddly, only the three pieces that first appeared in The New Yorker are credited as being previously published). It makes for a mixed bag of a collection: book reviews - - themselves varying greatly in length and depth, depending on the publication they were originally written for - -, longer biographical pieces (notably on Helen Keller and Gershom Scholem), and stray pieces including a single page on "Kipling: A Postcolonial Footnote" and "An (Unfortunate) Interview with Henry James".
Cynthia Ozick wrote a letter to Elie Wiesel stating that just because she was not a witness of the Holocaust and part American, she should not be excluded from being part Jewish.
One of her famous short stories that had a setting in a concentration camp was “The Shawl”.
Cynthia Ozick was not an actual witness to the Holocaust, but she did read many books about it.