Writing Postcommunism: Towards a Literature of the East European Ruins

by David Williams

Palgrave Macmillan | August 16, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook) |

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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 Ugreši?, 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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Published: August 16, 2013

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1137330090

ISBN - 13: 9781137330093

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Writing Postcommunism: Towards a Literature of the East European Ruins

Writing Postcommunism: Towards a Literature of the East European Ruins

by David Williams

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 16, 2013

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1137330090

ISBN - 13: 9781137330093

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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 Ugreši?, 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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