Fabuler la fin du monde dans La fin du monde n’aurait pas eu lieu de Patrik Ourednik

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Title in English Fabulating the end of the world in The End of the World Might Not Have Taken Place by Patrik Ourednik

ŽÍLA Dalibor

Year of publication 2022
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Arts

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Description Having employed an experimental approach already in his Europeana (2001), a work warmly welcomed by literary critics, Patrik Ourednik (born in 1957) pursuits in the same vein in The End of the World Might Not Have Taken Place (2017). The translator of Queneau and Jarry, often compared by his style to Oulipians or to the Theatre of the Absurd, presents us in his latest creation the story of a counselor to the President of the USA, Gaspard Boisvert, who believes to be Hitler’s grandson. Relating the episodes from Gaspard’s life or historical events, using graphs, photographs, lists or question- naires, Ourednik adopts a rather scientific approach to study the phenomenon of the end of the world and human stupidity which, in his opinion, go hand in hand. The history of Gaspard is neglected, relegated to the background and it is its surrounding and framing which construct the storyline, that of the world, of our present and of our society. In our contribution, we will study the strategies that Ourednik applies to con- struct his narrative. Relationship to Oulipian approaches. In short, what is particular of Ourednik in this story of the end of the world, a popular matter, after all?
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