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From Adolf to Hitler: On Frédéric Dard’s Le Dragon de Cracovie (1998) and Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s La Part de l’autre (2001)

  • Manuel BragançaEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the character of Adolf Hitler in Frédéric Dard’s Le Dragon de Cracovie (1998) and Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s La Part de l’autre (2001). The two novelists explore the same questions through fiction: How, why and when did the ‘nobody Adolf’ become the ‘somebody Hitler’? Their answers diverge, the genetic make-up of Hitler being key in Dard’s novel, while Schmitt’s novel stresses the role of others/society. Through an examination of Schmitt’s paratextual claim that his novel contains no historical error, this chapter concludes with a discussion of the different objectives, writing principles and constraints of novelists and historians.

Keywords

Frédéric Dard San Antonio Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt Ian Kershaw Antisemitism Holocaust 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University College DublinBelfield, DublinIreland

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