Fiction and reality are two terms that seem to be in continuous opposition. Although the two worlds appear disparate, fiction and reality are linked together in more ways than thought. A literary text opens up a means to access reality; often it is a reflection of a reality we claim to exist. This paper, thus, explores how selected contemporary historical novels creatively (re-) construct alternative realities of WWII events as opposed to an assumed fixed reality presented in the grand narratives of history. The novels seek to retrieve the mini-narratives of long lost, subdued and/or marginalized stories of minor participants in those events that constitute the grand narratives of history. As such, these novels become the voice of the silenced, and discursively/collectively establish a subgenre that acts as a tool of (narrative/fictional) empowerment.
WWII fiction, lost and unknown mini-narratives, grand narrative, Euro-centric vision, marginalized geographical locations, unknown massacres, hidden histories
"THE HISTORICAL NOVEL: RE-CREATING PAST REALITIES THROUGH FICTION “A BOOK A DAY KEEPS REALITY AWAY”,"
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