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L’Olympe des Infortunes, au-delà de la Fable
The Olympus of Misfortunes, beyond the Fable

Author(s): Zineb Ouled Ali
Subject(s): Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: fable; man; wonderful; fantasy; myth;
Summary/Abstract: Yasmina Khadra, the Algerian writer of French expression, plunges us, in his novel, L’Olympus of misfortunes, into a universe close to the fable where he offers us puppets, without any social or geographical identification. The vices and virtues, despairs and aspirations of modern man. Living from the waste of the city, in their world of Horr, these characters rejoice in their solitudes, exposing themselves to the sea, and taming the rocks. So many symbols, allusions, myths … are superimposed in this romantic universe of Yasmina Khadra, drawing from the repertoire of the fable, transmitting a disoriented word with a light tone but concealing a permanent questioning on the legitimacy of the “Act of literary writing as a moment of reflection on the human condition”. Reflections that we will try to reveal throughout our analysis of the stakes of the use of the fable in this novel.

  • Page Range: 299-306
  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: French