21 June 2016


Etty Hillesum’s diaries ‘have become a monument of spirituality and spiritual resistance against persecution and hatred’ (the context is here). An Interrupted Life, which was Persephone Book No. 5 in 1999, has been a crucial part of our thinking and outlook ever since. Rowan Williams gave a lecture about Etty in 2004, it’s online, and last Saturday there was a gathering in London celebrating Etty at which he again spoke. His address was called  ‘No Man Is an Island’ (which is apt since the Remain poster we have in the shop window at the moment quotes Donne’s poem). And American Persephone readers can go to the Etty play.