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What Forms Can DoThe Work of Form in 20th- and 21st- Century French Literature and Thought$
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Patrick Crowley and Shirley Jordan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620658

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620658.001.0001

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Eugène Savitzkaya

Eugène Savitzkaya

Fictional Forms of Remembrance

(p.147) Chapter Nine Eugène Savitzkaya
What Forms Can Do

Patrick Crowley

Liverpool University Press

With the publication of his novel Fraudeur in 2015, Eugène Savitzkaya appears to return us to his first novel Mentir published in 1977. In the intervening years Minuit has published nine novels by Savitzkaya and each of them has put the form of the novel in play through a variety of devices ranging from paratextual commentary on the generic status of the novel to the integration of autobiographical materials. The focus of this chapter will be on the figure of the mother as inscribed within Mentir and Fraudeur and how she is at once both a biographème that signals the author’s past and referential horizon yet also a source of fiction that exceeds the autobiographical even as it draws upon it. In reading both these novels I want to explore the formal relationship between the novel and auto/biography in terms of fiction.

Keywords:   Eugène Savitzkaya, Form, Genre, Novel, Autobiographical fictions

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