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Chorus in the Dark: The Voices of the Book of Lamentations (Kim Lan Nguyen) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013) 9781907534911
Chorus in the Dark: The Voices of the Book of Lamentations (Kim Lan Nguyen) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013) 9781907534911
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Title: Chorus in the Dark: The Voices of the Book of Lamentations

Author: Nguyen, Kim Lan

Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press; Publication Date: 2013

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781907534911

Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 242

List Price in Cloth: $95.00 Our price: $76.99

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Chorus in the Dark invites attention to the treaty negotiated by the voices of Lamentations. The issues of God's justice and human rights are at the centre of a forceful discussion embodied in the five poems of Lamentations. Difficult questions are subtly raised: How can God's justice be recognized and honoured in the midst of suffering? How can the human right to protest against mistreatment be respected? How can loss, grief, and shame be overcome? What future is there for the victims? How can these sensitive issues be negotiated without loss?Zion is the first major speaker in Lamentations. Zion projects the voice of a woman crying by the grave. Her pain is intense, her loss is vast, her anger is uncontrollable. Zion is unable to see any future. God is indeed just in destroying her, but her surviving children do not deserve her fate.The other major speaker is the man of Lamentations 3. He too speaks of the pain, grief, anger, and desire for vengeance of a victim bent under the yoke of affliction. Yet, like a Davidic king, he dares to claim covenant promises and hope that darkness will eventually turn to light.Through both harmony and discord, and with a profound ambivalence toward the future, the separate voices of Lamentations resonate in a timbre that transcends the sum of its parts. The five poems, while having unique value individually, are meant to be read together as a living documentation of a moment of suspension, a great turning point in the history of Israel.
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