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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Misleiding in W.F. Hermans se Herinneringen van een engelbewaarder (1974) : research article
Disorientation in W.F. Hermans' Herinneringen van een engelbewaarder(1974)
The Dutch author Willem Frederik Hermans became famous for the strategies he utilized to mislead and frustrate the reader in his novel De donkere kamer van Damokles (1958). This rhetorical process was meticulously analysed by W.H.M. Smulders in his book De literaire misleiding in De donkere kamer van Damokles (1983). In this article relevant analytical instruments, inter alia a selection of those used by Smulders, are implemented regarding the author's next novel on the war, Herinneringen van een engelbewaarder (1971). The conclusion of this article is that in the mentioned novel Hermans replaces a single mechanism in misleading the reader with a series of smaller, but still very effective similar strategies, to foreground man's inability to attain a grasp on reality.
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