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French crime fiction and the Second World WarPast crimes, present memories$
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Claire Gorrara

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082658

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082658.001.0001

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Survivor Stories: Representing Persecution and Extermination in French Crime Fiction of the 1980s and 1990s

Survivor Stories: Representing Persecution and Extermination in French Crime Fiction of the 1980s and 1990s

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French crime fiction and the Second World War
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Claire Gorrara

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082658.003.0005

This chapter analyses representations of wartime persecution and extermination in the work of three French crime writers from the 1980s and 1990s. It begins by setting out the context for the reappraisal of Jewish memories of the Second World War in France during these years, above all the trials for crimes against humanity which reignited public debate on the extent of French state collusion in the Holocaust. It then discusses novels by Gérard Delteil, Thierry Jonquet and Konop. The chapter investigates how each crime novelist grapples with the moral dilemma of representing the concentration camps in fiction just as the survivor generation begins to disappear.

Keywords:   Jewish persecution, Holocaust, Gérard Delteil, Konop, Thierry Jonquet, Concentration camps, Crime fiction, Second World War

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