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The Remains of the Day

In his Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro attempts to picture the connection of the British aristocracy with fascism during the 1920s and 1930s. In doing so the text explors the infamous sides of Britain’s history. As Scanlan argues (2005: 150) Ishiguro takes the reader “from the old historical novel in which great men made history to a fully realized world in which the blur and buzz of an unarticulated public history shape human beings”. In addition the text explores themes around Englishness, National Identity and Tradition.

It is intelligent written, very funny and a good read for cold winter evenings!

References:
Scanlan M. (2005)‘The Recuperation of History in British and Irish Fiction’ in Shaffer B. W. (ed), A Companion to the British and Irish Novel: 1945-2000, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 144-159.


Orwell's Animal Farm

During the research for my dissertation I found some quite interesting critical responses to Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Furthermore, I remembered that I have once prepared a presentation about this book. The attached review was written years ago during my time at the HAK (doing my A-levels) in Austria. Therefore, neither expect a high quality literary analysis nor a stylistically perfect English…

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Max Frisch und Gantenbein

Mein Name sei Gantenbein ist eine neue, ungewöhnliche Version des einen Frisch’schen Grundthemas, nämlich des Problems von Rolle und Wirklichkeit. Er erfindet durch sein “Erzähler-Ich” viele Wirklichkeiten, viele mögliche Begebenheiten, und ebenso erfindet er mehrere mögliche Rollen für das “Ich” sowie für die Partnerin.

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