Quand ouvrir sur la fin, c’est commencer par clore… Malevil de Robert Merle

Anne Wattel


On the threshold of Malevil is the Event. But on the threshold only. Then the narrati ve focuses on post-events. We will stop on the threshold. Indeed, how to start a work which deals with the end of a ti me, when the end is just a beginning? Malevil opens with a closure and this "opening" contains the seeds of a break, the fi rst symptom of which is linguisti c : to put into words the unspeakable horror, to grasp it, and thus name it. The second symptom is temporal : the linearity is broken and that which held things together, the binding agent, has been shatt ered. Some measure of order must be reestablished from that chaos, the Event must become an Advent. The third symptom is a generic one : the narrati ve is told through the fi cti onal form of a diary, a testi mony, which turns writi ng into a unifying act.

Słowa kluczowe: Event, Advent, post-apocalypti c, Merle, Malevil

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Pierwotną formą czasopisma jest wersja elektroniczna.