The Saving Narratives of Daša Drndić

Sabina Giergiel

The starting point for this paper is the assumption that by obsessive revisiting the events of World War II, the Croatian writer Daša Drndić attempts to influence indirectly the present. It parallels her narrators’ declarations who—with a great dose of probability—can be simultaneously read as her alter egos. Hence, the article investigates and describes the strategy whose main aim is to retain memory about the past. In Drndić’s texts this function is achieved through the acts of archiving, writing down, and grouping. These acts constitute non-standard ways to enhance the literary text with, for example, whole pages filled with the victims’ names (integrated within the text or acting as a peculiar supplement to the volume).
Słowa kluczowe: Croatian literature, Holocaust, memory, archives, children, ethics