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Fictionalising the Father in Maïssa Bey’s Entendez-vous dans les montagnes . . .

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This contribution analyses the autobiographical récit, Entendez-vous dans les montagnes . . . (2010), by the contemporary Franco-Algerian author, Maïssa Bey, whose father was murdered by the French military during the Franco-Algerian War. It explores Bey’s deliberate transgression of conventional generic categories in her ‘staged’ construction of a dialogic exchange in which an authorial doppelgänger confronts her father’s killer. This segueing of the factual and fictional paradoxically allows Bey to confront her own past more directly, and to give expression to her fundamentally Other-oriented perception of the role of literature, which she perceives as a tool for active engagement with the sociopolitical present and future. Fiction for Bey is not about escaping ‘real life’, but about inhabiting it, about speaking past silences—silences both enforced and willingly espoused as a means of resistance—and representing the un(der)represented.

Affiliations: 1: King’s College Londonsiobhan.mcilvanney@kcl.ac.uk

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