Surviving with Ghosts: Second-generation Holocaust narratives

Rachel Falconer

in Hell in Contemporary Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617630
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651733 | DOI:
Surviving with Ghosts: Second-generation Holocaust narratives

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This chapter addresses the themes of belatedness or afterwardness by contrasting two fictional novels about the Second World War. Fugitive Pieces and Austerlitz were written a generation after the war – 1996 and 2001, respectively — and present a traumatic recollection of childhood memories. These memories can represent the descent to Hell. The chapter also determines that the different ways these novels represent war show how memories of Hell can work to trick or unexpectedly release survivors from unbearable aporia.

Keywords: Second World War; Fugitive Pieces; Austerlitz; traumatic recollection; childhood memories; aporia

Chapter.  11372 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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