Hors sujet: identit humaine et criture du pass dans Voyageur malgr lui de Minh Tran Huy
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2018 Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden GmbH. All rights reserved. From the compelling story of her father growing up amid the horrors of the Vietnam war and finally escaping to become an engineer in France, Minh Tran Huy, in her novel Voyageur malgr lui (2014), strings together a set of seemingly heterogeneous narratives that in fact serve to (re)construct and (re)affirm the human identity of both the narrator and her entire Vietnamese family, and ultimately of the human being as such. This highly original approach to a traumatic past moreover features prominent themes articulated by Emmanuel Lvinas in Humanisme de l'autre homme (1972), which responds to the Structuralists' radical criticism of subjectivity. At the same time, our appreciation of Minh Tran Huy's powerful work gains in scope and intensity when we gauge its aesthetic impact and philosophical resonance.
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