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Mythos und Historie: Der Roman Quer pasticciaccio brutto de Via Merulana von Carlo Emilio Gadda


Güntert, Georges (2014). Mythos und Historie: Der Roman Quer pasticciaccio brutto de Via Merulana von Carlo Emilio Gadda. Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift, 64(3):367-379.

Abstract

Carlo Emilio Gadda’s novel Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana only seems to belong to the genre of the thriller at first glance, in spite of the fact that in quick succession an armed robbery and a murder take place in the same building. The reason for this special status is not so much due to the absence of an unequivocally identified perpetrator as to the fact that two different discourses, the historico-political and the mythological, determine the narration. Liliana Balducci and Zamira Pacori cannot be compared as the first, even when dead, plays a central part in the historico-political allegory of the novel, and the second is a mythical figure reminiscent of Circe; as opposed to the historico-political sphere, in Zamira’s realm cyclical time reigns. Between Zamira’s machinations and the rhetoric of fascism founded on seduction there are, however, analogies to be found, which this essay seeks to highlight.

Abstract

Carlo Emilio Gadda’s novel Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana only seems to belong to the genre of the thriller at first glance, in spite of the fact that in quick succession an armed robbery and a murder take place in the same building. The reason for this special status is not so much due to the absence of an unequivocally identified perpetrator as to the fact that two different discourses, the historico-political and the mythological, determine the narration. Liliana Balducci and Zamira Pacori cannot be compared as the first, even when dead, plays a central part in the historico-political allegory of the novel, and the second is a mythical figure reminiscent of Circe; as opposed to the historico-political sphere, in Zamira’s realm cyclical time reigns. Between Zamira’s machinations and the rhetoric of fascism founded on seduction there are, however, analogies to be found, which this essay seeks to highlight.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:Italian
Date:2014
Deposited On:10 Feb 2015 15:48
Last Modified:14 Feb 2018 22:38
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Winter
ISSN:0016-8904
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://www.winter-verlag.de/de/detail/t3700435/Guentert_Mythos_und_Historie/

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