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1 Quod Vide, or the Displacement of Meaning in the Narrative Construction of Love

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In an article published in The Guardian in 2007, David Grossman disclosed that after the novel See Under: Love came out in Israel certain critics actually mentioned that he was the son of Holocaust survivors and thus 'second generation', undoubtedly in order to endow his narrative with a higher degree of legitimacy, credibility, acceptability. An advance comment about the book tells the reader it's not just a 'novel of the Holocaust', but in fact it is the supreme Holocaust novel, because it is precisely an investigation of the difficulty of imagining pure horror, talking about hell-on-earth requires a re-examination of narration itself'. Given the significance of the language of 'Over There' in the first section of the book, the glossary may become as much part of the novel as its four constitutive sections, and should therefore not be regarded merely as the author's concession to the non-initiated.

Keywords: David Grossman; Holocaust novel; Israel; See Under: Love



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