Artists and Writers Between Tragedy and Camouflage

  • Annette Becker


‘For in this war we have pushed to great lengths the art of invisibility’ wrote poet and First World War soldier Guillaume Apollinaire in his poem Il y a. ‘What did he mean by invisibility?’ asks French historian, Annette Becker, and how has the way it has been perceived and represented by writers and artists contributed to making the experience of war visible? ‘All sorrows’, according to Karen Blixen, ‘can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them’. Grief and other elements of the war—especially those experienced in 1917—are what, according to Becker, writers and artists put into their stories and, in doing so, give back life and meaning to human beings caught in the war.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annette Becker
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  1. 1.Université Paris NanterreLilleFrance

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