This essay examines Jonathan Littell's novel The Kindly Ones (Les bienveillantes) as a project of bearing witness. It turns a critical eye on the role played by the poetics of excess and transgression, on the novel's historical aspects (dates, events, and other details), and on the interplay among them; it inquires as well into the literary construction of testimonial authority.
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Liran Razinsky; Not the Witness We Wished For: Testimony in Jonathan Littell's Kindly Ones. Modern Language Quarterly 1 June 2010; 71 (2): 175–196. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00267929-2010-004
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