Literatur und Sprache in Krisen- und Umbruchzeiten
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Die tragische Wiederkehr des Verdrängten in Antje Rávic Strubels Post-Wende-Roman Sturz der Tage in die Nacht
Anette Horn (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)1
Die tragische Wiederkehr des Verdrängten
in Antje Rávic Strubels Post-Wende-Roman Sturz der Tage in die Nacht
How does one survive a historical turning-point ('Wende') such as the one of 1989 in the former GDR? Does it suffice to conform to the new capitalist system, for that one continues in one way or another, seems only all-too-human, even if the leaders of the GDR were initially called to account for their crimes. One of the characters in Antje Rávic Strubel's post-'Wende'-novel Sturz der Tage in die Nacht (2011), who was a former member of the Stasi, now works for a security firm, another becomes successful in the property-market, while the protagonist, who had to give up her son for adoption, does research on endangered guillemots on the Baltic coast. Then all these characters who have become dispersed by the 'Wende' meet up again in a coincidental, and as will be demonstrated, fateful way. In this contribution I want to show how the past is interwoven with the present and how the repressed returns in a tragic way.
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