Näher am Trauma: Aleksievičs "letzte Zeugen" im Vergleich

Translated title of the contribution: Closer to the trauma: Svetlana Alexievich's evolving testimony

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The editing process to which Svetlana Alexievich subjects her texts has repeatedly been cause for criticism. Her treatment of the documentary material does not stand up to a critical assessment of her sources. However, this approach is closely linked to the core of the message in her books: memories and feelings demand forms other than objective facts. Alexievich's successive re-workings reduce the documentary aspect and intensify the literary nature of her texts. As a result, the individual message also becomes a universal one, and is brought closer to the reader. While reading her work, the function of the "ethical subject" involved in the testimony is transferred from the author to the reader.

Translated title of the contributionCloser to the trauma: Svetlana Alexievich's evolving testimony
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)183-195
Number of pages13
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

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