LitBirthdays September 30, 2010

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September 30

Laura Esquivel (born September 30, 1950) – Mexican novelist, screenwriter – LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE.
/ Como Agua para Chocolate
(novel and film – 1989, 1992)
Laura Esquivel closeup

Read Laura Esquivel’s Wikipedia biography and the Internet Movie Database entry for Like Water for Chocolate

From Wikipedia: “In her first novel Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate), released in 1989, Esquivel uses magical realism to combine the ordinary and the supernatural, similar to Isabel Allende. The novel, taking place during the revolution in early twentieth century Mexico, shows the importance of the kitchen in Esquivel’s life.”

Elie Wiesel Elie Wiesel (born September 30, 1928) – Romanian/U.S. holocaust survivor, writer, Nobel Peace Prize winner (1986)  – And the World Was Silent [aka Night ]  (1955)

Read the Wikipedia entry for Elie Wiesel

Watch an interview with Elie Wiesel regarding
the state of the world in light of his Holocaust experiences

“Day in, day out, week after week, year after year, people kill each other. Philosophically it makes no sense. Why should people inherit evil things? When their memories could contain and should invoke good things? One of the darkest days I remember after the war — after the war — was when I discovered that most of the members and commanders of the Einsatz group who were doing the killing — not even in gas chambers — the killing, with machine guns — had college degrees from German universities, PhDs, MDs. I thought that culture and education are a shield.  An educated person cannot do certain things.

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My faith is a wounded faith. But it’s not without faith.  I didn’t divorce God.  But I’m quarreling and arguing and questioning.”

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