Universitatea „Lucian Blaga“ din Sibiu, Facultatea de Litere şi Arte
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9 / 2009
“Themes derive from the author’s world …”
Thematic constants in Joachim Wittstock’s novels
The study with the title “Temele provin din lumea autorului…Constante tematice în romanele lui Joachim Wittstock” (Themes derive from the author’s world … Thematic constants in Joachim Wittstock’s novels) deals with some of the favourite thematic aspects of the German writer from Romania, who celebrates 70 years of life and more than 40 years of literary activity as a narrator, essayist and literary historian this year. Starting from an analysis of his last two novels – Bestätigt und besiegelt and Die uns angebotene Welt – it has been pointed out that both of them are anchored to the Transylvanian landscape and deal – besides of problems of the German community to which he belongs – with general human themes. In his novels which are built up in the spirit of the novels of the German realists Theodor Fontane and Thomas Mann, Wittstock uses several means of the modern narrative art such as the hybrid narrative structure between the factual and the fictional, violation of chronology – the past and present epochs and the references to the future glide, the line of demarcation between them becoming thus imperceptible.
Keywords: Joachim Wittstock, factual and fictional, modern narrative art, Transylvanian landscape, hybrid narrative style
1. Joachim Wittstock: Bestätigt und besiegelt.
.Roman der vier Jahreszeiten, Bucureşti, ADZ
2. Joachim Wittstock: Dumbrava morilor.
Schiţe şi nuvele / Mill’s Grove. Sketches and Novellas,
Bucureşti, Institutul Cultural Român, 2007.
3. Joachim Wittstock: Die uns angebotene Welt.
Jahre in Klausenburg, Bucureşti, ADZ Verlag, 2007
4. Joachim Wittstock, interviewed by Peter
Wapneski, Die Zeit, No. 37 / 6th of. September