Writing Postcommunism: Towards a Literature of the East European Ruins

Writing Postcommunism: Towards a Literature of the East European Ruins

by David Williams
     
 

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Moving through the elegiac ruins of the Berlin Wall and the Yugoslav disintegration, Writing Postcommunism explores literary evocations of the pervasive disappointment and mourning that have marked the postcommunist twilight. With particular reference to the writings of Croatian émigré Dubravka Ugrešic, and those of Milan Kundera, Clemens Meyer, Ingo

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Moving through the elegiac ruins of the Berlin Wall and the Yugoslav disintegration, Writing Postcommunism explores literary evocations of the pervasive disappointment and mourning that have marked the postcommunist twilight. With particular reference to the writings of Croatian émigré Dubravka Ugrešic, and those of Milan Kundera, Clemens Meyer, Ingo Schulze, Jáchym Topol, Christa Wolf, and others, it is argued that a significant body of postcommunist literature is underpinned and scarred by the semantic field of ruins: melancholia and nostalgia, presence and absence, pride and shame, and not least, remembering and forgetting. Taken together, the writings considered suggest a post-1989 'literature of the ruins', an amorphous, anti-formative framework that also dramatically illuminates the post-1989 ruins of east European literature itself – what remains when, as György Konrád put it, 'something is over'.

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ISBN-13:
9781137330079
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/16/2013
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature Series
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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