'Wer schreibt, kann nicht töten': Writing and Life in Reinhard Jirgl’s Abtrünning: Roman aus der nervösen Zeit

D J Clarke

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Abstract

Reinhard Jirgl’s Abtrünnig: Roman aus der nervösen Zeit is an aesthetically complex text which explores the function of autobiographical self-reflection through fictional means. Its protagonist and narrator tells the story of his own frustration and failure, a story which appears inevitably to end in violence. However, the structure of the text, which incorporates various Internet-style ‘links’, ultimately offers the reader two possibilities: to circle endlessly within the novel in the hope that the narrator’s story might somehow be read in such a way as to produce a more positive outcome; or, like the narrator himself, to step outside of the story, liberating themselves from a world which ultimately cannot be redeemed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Self in Transition: East German Autobiographical Writing Before and After Unification
Subtitle of host publication Essays in Honour of Dennis Tate
EditorsDavid Clarke, Axel Goodbody
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Holland
PublisherRodopi
Pages241-252
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print) 9789042035935
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameGerman Monitor
PublisherRodopi
Volume75

Keywords

  • German literature
  • life-writing
  • Reinhard Jirgl

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    Clarke, D. J. (2012). 'Wer schreibt, kann nicht töten': Writing and Life in Reinhard Jirgl’s Abtrünning: Roman aus der nervösen Zeit. In D. Clarke, & A. Goodbody (Eds.), The Self in Transition: East German Autobiographical Writing Before and After Unification: Essays in Honour of Dennis Tate (pp. 241-252). (German Monitor; Vol. 75). Rodopi.