In the first part of her study, the authoress characterises the context of cultural experience of so-called 'second generation' in relation to the history of the Holocaust. She enumerates and critically discusses the various categories employed in the course of writing of and about the Shoah in the Western World. Particular stress is put on psychoanalysis and the possibilities of its uses and abuses in the discourse on historical trauma. The second part of the study is devoted to a close-reading of Marek Bienczyk's novel. The authoress reaches to numerous sources and fields of reference in her reading of this inter-textual narrative. The final part, a postscript, includes a concise polemics with a recently published interpretation of the novel, concentrated on the ethics of representation.
K. Bojarska, Instytut Badan Literackich PAN, ul. Nowy Swiat 72, 00-330 Warszawa, Poland
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