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(Se) construire dans l’interlangue

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Françoise Bonnet-Falandry
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Stéphanie Durrans
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Moya Jones

Deuxième partie. Constructions sociales et imaginaires de l’interlangue

Translation, Heteroglossia and Othering in Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost

Yves-Charles Grandjeat

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Daniel Mendelsohn’s novel and memoir The Lost (2006)1, A Search for Six of Six Million is usually presented as a journey back, an attempt to recover a past which is fast slipping away, since those who witnessed it have reached the age when they are starting to die. For the Jewish American writer Daniel Mendelsohn, whose grandparents fled Europe before the Nazis rose to power, the time has come to contact the survivors who witnessed the Holocaust, and retrieve their stories and histories. The search on which Mendelsohn embarks in this narrative, in which he is present as “Daniel”2, is indeed an attempt to fill up gaps left open in the family history, notably around the one uncle, Shmiel Jäger, who failed to leave in time and who, along with his wife and his four daughters (and this is the only thing Daniel knows to begin with as a child) was “killed by the Nazis”. Nothing else is known about this mysterious ancestor. Why the uneasy silences at family gatherings whenever Shmiel is men...

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