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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Schreiben und Erinnerung, Freundschaft und Fremdheit in Uwe Timms Der Freund und der Fremde (2005) : teil 2 : allgemeine beitrage
Writing and reminiscence, friendship and otherness in Uwe Timm's Der Freund und der Fremde (2005)
Uwe Timm's novel Der Freund und der Fremde is fundamentally a story on friendship but also a narration of reminiscence. The text also focuses on the issue of writing which is the essence of the friendship between the narrator and his friend Benno Ohnesorg. Unfortunately the sudden death of this friend puts an end to their life projects. At the same time the novel gives a characterization of cultural otherness through the narrator who lives in Paris where he experiences another way of life and perception. This paper suggests that one way to approach Der Freund und der Fremde is to read it as a book of reminiscence and friendship. Besides, it can be seen as a reflexion on the art of writing.
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