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« Saturne et l’orphelin : les relations familiales dans le cycle « Isaac Sidel » de Jerome Charyn »

Abstract : This article focuses on the theme of the family, and more particularly on the figure of the orphan, in the first volumes of Jerome Charyn's detective series (the Isaac Sidel cycle). All of Charyn's work explores his own family origins, which allows him to write a vast autobiographical fresco that he superimposes on the history of New York since the beginning of the twentieth century, revisiting the great period of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe, the construction of modern New York and the establishment of multiple social and criminal systems. In his police saga, Charyn develops several networks of links bringing together his characters, the common thread being Commissioner Sidel himself, a pathetic and ogre-like paternal figure who reigns over his family as well as over his men or his recurring enemies like a hallucinated Saturn obsessed with an orphan whom he once broke. The figure of the lonely orphan still embodies the Melvillian dream of new human relationships, fraternal ones, a dream which Isaac Sidel, faithful to his contradictions, both pursues and annihilates.
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Sophie Vallas. « Saturne et l’orphelin : les relations familiales dans le cycle « Isaac Sidel » de Jerome Charyn ». Textes & Contextes, Université de Bourgogne, Centre Interlangues TIL, 2020, Le détective en famille. ⟨hal-03148373⟩



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