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"In this extraordinary enterprise, Cathy Caruth achieves what is by definition an impossibility: making familiar the unfamiliar country of trauma, the place of displacement par excellence; the lieu of an ‘erasure’, as Dori Laub would say, where language is at a loss and a new language struggles to be heard, thanks to the construction of a new channel created by the very act and presence of a totally committed listening."

"In this extraordinary enterprise, Cathy Caruth achieves what is by definition an impossibility: making familiar the unfamiliar country of trauma, the place of displacement par excellence; the lieu of an ‘erasure’, as Dori Laub would say, where language is at a loss and a new language struggles to be heard, thanks to the construction of a new channel created by the very act and presence of a totally committed listening."

"The poet William Stafford wrote that 'the authentic is a line from one thing along to the next... it holds together something more than the world, this line.' Cathy Caruth has followed a line of thought and feeling in these interviews that is breathtaking in its intelligence, vulnerability and authenticity. Her goal, beautifully realized, is to 'hold together trauma and testimony.' Stafford ends with: 'Are you coming? Good: now it is time.' It is indeed."

"Cathy Caruth is one of the key founders of cultural trauma theory: her books have been indispensable. This collection of interviews shows how for twenty-five years Caruth's groundbreaking work has been established in dialogue with other key figures across the fields of holocaust studies, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology and memory studies. This book once more enacts Caruth's central lesson: that responses to trauma are best forged in the ethical act of listening to others."