European literary immigration into the French language : by Gary, Romain; Semprún, Jorge; Kristof, Agota; Kundera,
By Gary, Romain; Semprún, Jorge; Kristof, Agota; Kundera, Milan; Miletić, Tijana
The serious, emotional and highbrow switch which each immigrant is obliged to suffer and confront is skilled with singular depth via immigrant writers who've additionally followed one other language for his or her literary expression. targeting eu authors of the second one 1/2 the 20th century who've selected French as a language for his or her literary expression, and particularly the novels by means of Romain Gary, Agota Kristof, Milan Kundera and Jorge Semprun, just about many others, European Literary Immigration into the French Language explores many of the universal components in those works of fiction, which regardless of the various own situations and literary aesthetics of the authors, persist with an identical course within the development of a literary identification and legitimacy within the new language. the alternative of the French language is inextricably associated with the next literary offerings of those writers. This learn charts a brand new territory inside of Francophone and eu literary stories in treating the ecu immigrants as a separate team, and in employing linguistic, sociological and psychoanalytical rules within the research of the works of fiction, and therefore represents a proper contribution to the knowledge of ecu cultural identification. This quantity is proper to French and ecu literature students, and someone with curiosity in immigration, ecu id or moment language adoption
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Gary’s narrator mocks his own persecutory feelings by exaggerating them to the point where his linguistic virtuosity coupled with its highly cynical-idealised content can appear as a form of humour to the reader. Unlike Gary’s narrator in Pseudo, who obviously has not come to terms with his linguistic position, Gary the author was able to turn his linguistic situation into an advantage and he is able, through his characters, to envisage various other options that his linguistic situation might have led him to.
The predicament of the main characters in one of Nabokov’s earlier novels, Bend Sinister, can be said to represent the apparently spellbindingly static position of a person who is in the throes of abandoning one language for another. Adam Krug is trapped in a 68 E. M. ) (Paris: Éditions de l’Herne, 1976), p. 48. 69 Erika Ostrovsky, “Le silence de Babel”, Cahier de l’Herne – Samuel Beckett, p. 192. LANGUAGE 43 totalitarian state. His wife died leaving him with his young son. 71 This could be seen as an allusion to mother tongue and new language co-existing in the writer’s mind.
Commenting on the title of his book Paris-Athènes, Alexakis says that he cannot explain why he entitled it so rather than AthènesParis. Apart from the obvious reason that the former rolls off the tongue better, the subject matter could possibly explain this. 55 52 Claude Esteban, Le Partage des mots (Paris: Gallimard, 1990), p. 65. Alexakis, Paris-Athènes, p. 10. ” 54 Vassilis Alexakis, La Langue maternelle (Paris: Fayard, 1995), p. 137. 55 Alexakis wrote La Langue maternelle in Greek, then translated it into French.