Double Nationality – Hybrid Identity in Nina Yargekov’s Novel Double Nationalité Cover Image

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Double Nationality – Hybrid Identity in Nina Yargekov’s Novel Double Nationalité

Author(s): Krisztina Horváth
Subject(s): Studies of Literature
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: bilingualism; hybridization; translingualism; heterotopia
Summary/Abstract: Although not yet available in Hungarian translation, Hungarian criticism has already discovered Nina Yargekov’s Prix de Flore award-winning novel: Double Nationalité. Nina Yargekov is not really a translingual author: she was born in France as the daughter of Hungarian “dissidents”, as according to contemporary terminology (or “political refugees”, as according to the host country), university teachers who came to France in the 1970s with a tourist visa. Just like her heroine and quasi alter ego, Yargekov is a “double A” category interpreter and translator. Written in a special language, this novel – that according to a critic has a “French structure” – merges fictive elements with a number of historical and cultural references to hold up a mirror to the perceived anomalies during the identification process. The book was a success in Hungary already before its publication among readers of French literature; some excerpts are already available in translation, and Nina Yargekov was a guest of honour at last year’s Margó Festival. When making her diagnosis about the precarity of the intelligentsia of the two Europes, the vulnerability of certain social groups – freelancers or single women –, the trampling of patients’ rights in the labyrinth of the crumbling social security systems, the unresolved historical past, and other topics, Nina Yargekov’s sharpest weapon is her humour and linguistic ingenuity. Bilingualism is a source of numerous misunderstandings and even more revelations, and double identity provides opportunities for presenting multiple viewpoints.

  • Page Range: 135-144
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Hungarian