Swimming against the Stream: Weggehen ehe das Meer zufriert by Laure Wyss

Burns, B. (2012) Swimming against the Stream: Weggehen ehe das Meer zufriert by Laure Wyss. Modern Language Review, 107(3), pp. 857-871. (doi:10.5699/modelangrevi.107.3.0857)

Burns, B. (2012) Swimming against the Stream: Weggehen ehe das Meer zufriert by Laure Wyss. Modern Language Review, 107(3), pp. 857-871. (doi:10.5699/modelangrevi.107.3.0857)

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Abstract

Weggehen ehe das Meer zufriert: Fragmente zu Königin Christina von Schweden (1994) by the Swiss writer Laure Wyss (1913–2002) is part novel, part biography, part autobiography. It does not focus solely on Christina of Sweden, but interleaves three separate chronological periods and offers an introspective consideration of the relationship between past and present, particularly with respect to the persecution of Jews under National Socialism. A repeated reference to ‘fragments’ serves as a metaphor for the inadequacy of words fully to express human experience as Wyss reviews her own past and articulates the desire for a more tolerant, vibrant Europe.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burns, Dr Barbara
Authors: Burns, B.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > German
Journal Name:Modern Language Review
ISSN:0026-7937

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