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Raccontarsi con le macerie: voce e autorialità in Fihris di Sinan Antoon

Federico Pozzoli    Università degli Studi di Milano, Italia    



The great expansion of post-occupation Iraqi fiction, with its overall departure from social realism and its exploration of new genres, has brought along a new conceptualization of the Author. This paper aims to study how a peculiar figure of authoriality is both invoked and projected through narrative voices in Sinan Antoon’s Fihris (2016). A complex and multi-layered text, Antoon’s novel is narrated by human and non-human voices. Yet, despite the scattered and fragmented surface of narration, a hierarchical, almost concentric organizational principle is provided by the relations between the main narrators in a context of metalepsis. The analysis will focus on the strategies of authentication employed by narrators of different diegetic levels in the novel, from the short stories embedded, to the further level of authority provided by the autobiographical elements in the narrative frame.

Keywords: Iraqi Novel. Sinan Antoon. Voice. Authoriality. Testimoniality.

Language: it

Submitted: Feb. 5, 2020   Accepted: March 5, 2020   Published: June 30, 2020  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2020/56/004

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