Ilija Trojanow's 'The Lamentations of Zeno' (2011/2016): Prophetic Cli-Fi

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCli-Fi
Subtitle of host publicationA Companion
EditorsAxel Goodbody, Adeline Johns-Putra
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Group
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781788740722
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameGenre Fiction and Film Companions
PublisherPeter Lang

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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.