Chronotopes in Patrick Modiano's Fictional Writing of History

Helge Vidar Holm
2017 Bergen Language and Linguistics Studies  
The historic heritage that precedes our lives chronologically, such as the experiences of French Jews during the German occupation of their country in World War II, is of fundamental importance to the authorship of Patrick Modiano, born in 1945. Whereas most of his other novels have clearly autobiographical references, Dora Bruder (1997) has a place of its own among Modiano's novels. In Dora Bruder, the author tries to track the life experiences of a young Jewish girl during the Nazi Occupation
more » ... the Nazi Occupation of Paris. Buildings, streets and various topoi in Paris and France becomes related to certain experiences of time (chronos) in a narration where Michail Bakhtin's theories of the chronotope provide an interesting approach to discussing Modiano's unique form of recreating a traumatic past through fiction.
doi:10.15845/bells.v7i0.1163 fatcat:3cuhigivsjeltpxbyc2fjsbsmi