Title
Frankenstein romancier : Littell, Haenel, Binet Frankenstein romancier : Littell, Haenel, Binet
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Literature
Source (journal)
Etudes Romanes de Brno
Source (book)
Etudes Romanes de Brno
Volume/pages
33(2012) :1 , p. 27-37
ISSN
1803-7399
vabb
c:vabb:372338
Carrier
E
Target language
Dutch (dut)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
French contemporary novels continue to be haunted by the memory of the Second World War, Nazism, Collaboration and the Holocaust. But what kind of memory is transmitted? Focusing on three recent novels Jonathan Littell's Les Bienveillantes (2006), Yannick Haenel's Jan Karski (2008) en HHhH by Laurent Binet (2011) I suggest that the end of the war does not entail the end of the war of memories. Littell and Haenel both recur to a formal device giving the narrative voice to a fictional or historical witness which allows him to express a view on the Second World War that does not correspond to a traditional black-and-white perception, without downplaying however the criminality of Nazi politics. Laurent Binet, on the contrary, favors a metanarrative approach of the novel, questioning its claim to historical truthfulness, in order to express his nostalgia of an epic conception of history.
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