Trojanow's novel is the best known example of German climate change fiction. It is a work written in the prophetic mode, a cautionary tale warning readers of the unsustainability of our way of life. The main protagonist is a persona of the author. He is however a flawed character. This chapter argues that the novel is more complex than it appears at first sight: while it is a confessional narrative appealing to readers; environmental consciences, it simultaneously exposes the misanthropy which has characterised parts of the environmental movement.
|Title of host publication||Cli-Fi|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Companion|
|Editors||Axel Goodbody, Adeline Johns-Putra|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publisher||Peter Lang Publishing Group|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Dec 2018|
|Name||Genre Fiction and Film Companions|
Goodbody, A. (2018). Ilija Trojanow's 'The Lamentations of Zeno' (2011/2016): Prophetic Cli-Fi. In A. Goodbody, & A. Johns-Putra (Eds.), Cli-Fi: A Companion (pp. 67-72). (Genre Fiction and Film Companions; Vol. 2). Peter Lang Publishing Group.