Universitatea „Dunarea de Jos” din Galaţi
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7 / 2018
From ”Wounded Memory” to Liberating Writing: Herta Müller, The Appointment
”Some things only become evil when you utter them,” believes the narrator in Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet / The Appointment, the 1994 autobiographical novel of Herta Müller. ”Evil”, but, at the same time, real, by ”dramatizing” a trauma threatened by therapeutical oblivion. History of an alienation and perpetual blockage, ”repeated” in everyday routine, in a reality that becomes the ”stage” of repressed feelings, the space of their enactment, Herta Müller’s novel ”brings forth into the present” what personal memory and collective memory together tend to ”bury,” in a society affected by the delusional misidentification syndrome (J. Borel). As in Herztier / The Land of Green Plums and Der Fuchs war damals schon der Jäger / The Fox was Ever the Hunter etc., fictionalizing personal experience gives rise, here, to an exemplary history of memory abuse and identity alienation in the totalitarian world, as well as of the liberating virtues of writing that facilitates their plot.
Keywords: memory abuse, identity pathology, organised forgetting, totalitarianism.