By Gary, Romain; Semprún, Jorge; Kristof, Agota; Kundera, Milan; Miletić, Tijana
The serious, emotional and highbrow swap which each immigrant is obliged to undergo and confront is skilled with singular depth via immigrant writers who've additionally followed one other language for his or her literary expression. targeting ecu authors of the second one 1/2 the 20th century who've selected French as a language for his or her literary expression, and specifically the novels via Romain Gary, Agota Kristof, Milan Kundera and Jorge Semprun, on the subject of many others, European Literary Immigration into the French Language explores many of the universal parts in those works of fiction, which regardless of the various own conditions and literary aesthetics of the authors, persist with the same direction within the construction of a literary identification and legitimacy within the new language. the alternative of the French language is inextricably associated with the following literary offerings of those writers. This learn charts a brand new territory inside Francophone and ecu literary experiences in treating the eu immigrants as a separate staff, and in making use of linguistic, sociological and psychoanalytical principles within the research of the works of fiction, and hence represents a proper contribution to the knowledge of eu cultural id. This quantity is suitable to French and ecu literature students, and somebody with curiosity in immigration, eu identification or moment language adoption
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Il fallait que cette vertu d’étrangeté fût secrète: pour cela il me fallait maîtriser la langue française comme un autochtone. Et même, mon orgueil naturel y mettant son grain de sel, mieux que les autochtones. C’est dans cette entreprise – qui n’était pas purement intellectuelle, qui avait une composante angoissée, dans la déréliction de l’exil et de la perte absolue de repères culturels que celui-ci entraînait, qui était aussi quelque 45 Jorge Semprun, Autobiographie de Federico Sánchez, translated by Claude and Carmen Durand (Paris: Edition du Seuil, 1978).
Todorov’s experience of going back to Bulgaria, which will be discussed in the section “Hierarchisation”, further confirms this. Alexakis is building a bridge from his adopted language to his mother tongue. 56 I understand, or in any case I believe I do, why I preferred to entitle this narrative Paris-Athens, rather than Athens-Paris: I needed to indicate in which direction this journey was the most pleasant for me. 57 This was the first step towards the desired familiarity with French which he would later achieve.
Peut-être, en effet ces questions de langage ne sont-elles que superficielles. J’ai remarqué que beaucoup d’étrangers qui s’établissent aux Etats-Unis finissent par oublier, tant soit peu, le bon usage de leur langue maternelle, à moins qu’ils ne luttent pour défendre le patrimoine qu’ils emportèrent intact lorsqu’ils quittèrent leur pays. 85 I am often tempted to think that that the roots of language reach to the bottom of our personality and that our manner of being is at stake when we are taught to speak one language rather than another.