The Necessary Invention of Sense: from If This Is a Man to Son of Saul

Revista de Filología Románica. 2017;33(0):35-45 DOI 10.5209/RFRM.55944


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Journal Title: Revista de Filología Románica

ISSN: 0212-999X (Print); 1988-2815 (Online)

Publisher: Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Society/Institution:  Universidad Complutense de Madrid

LCC Subject Category: Language and Literature: Romanic languages | Language and Literature: Philology. Linguistics

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Catalan; Valencian, French, Galician, Spanish; Castilian, Italian

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Mario Aznar Pérez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid Departamento de Filología Italiana)


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Abstract | Full Text

This paper presents a critical study of the problem of the representation of extreme horror and particularly the Nazi Holocaust. The purpose of this analysis is inquire into the classic –and perhaps even more relevant today than ever– subject of the ineffability of horror from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, with particular attention to the possibilities of transgressing the representative interdict of the Shoah and the causes that encourage this hypothetical need for transgression. To do this we have focused in the comparative analysis of the work If This Is a Man (1947) by the Italian writer Primo Levi, and the film Son of Saul (2015) by the Hungarian director Lázsló Nemes.