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Michel Tournier and the Metaphor of Fiction$
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David Platten

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238430

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313561

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The Drive for Reference

The Drive for Reference

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(p.83) Chapter Three The Drive for Reference
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Michel Tournier and the Metaphor of Fiction
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853238430.003.0003

This chapter examines Michael Tournier's second and most controversial novel, Le Roi des aulnes. It explains that this work sought to aestheticise Nazism, and describes the difficulties Tournier faced and the anxieties he felt in trying to present a genuine image of Nazism in the text of his fiction. The chapter also considers his Les Météores, which marks a significant landmark in his career, and analyses the role of pictorial or linguistic symbolism in a novel of grand historical scale.

Keywords:   Roi des aulnes, Michael Tournier, Nazism, fiction, Les Météores, pictorial symbolism, linguistic symbolism

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