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Mémoire des années de plomb et problématique de l’identité dans le roman policier allemand contemporain : Wolfgang Schorlau, Die Blaue Liste (2003)

Abstract : Terrorist violence by the RAF did not end with the suicide of its first generation members , nor with the trials or death of its second-generation members. A third generation of members carried on fighting", attacking, killing, assaulting in Germany into the 90s and the RAF would only announce its self-dissolution in 1998. The last of the murders it claimed was perpetrated in 1991 against the then head of the Treuhand, Carsten Detlev Rohwedder. His alleged assassin, Wolfgang Grams, was killed when he was arrested in Bad Kleinen, on June 27, 1993. These two deaths are at the heart of the plot developed in the detective story ‘Die Blaue list’. The RAF’s claim over terrorist acts after the historical break of 1990 and the reunification of the two German states raises a question, because this claim seems out of step not only with the period of the ‘years of lead’, but also with the speech that was trying at the time to ‘legitimize’ the terrorists’ violence. The assassination of the first President of the Treuhand, in particular, does not fit with the methods used by the RAF, either as regards the choice of the "target" or the procedure. The so-called "popular" literature, of which crime fiction is part, has often proved effective in detecting and expressing the malaise of a society facing its own inconsistencies or uncertainties. This contribution aims to study the coming together of two complex historical, painful and unresolved realities in German society today through analysing Wolfgang Schorlau’s novel . On the one hand how German unification happened from an economic point of view, and how the choice made after the death of Detlev Rohwedder Carsten would prove humanly disastrous. On the other hand the fascination in a largely pacified and profoundly democratic German society, , for the temptation of violence as a solution to political challenges .
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Catherine Teissier. Mémoire des années de plomb et problématique de l’identité dans le roman policier allemand contemporain : Wolfgang Schorlau, Die Blaue Liste (2003). Sociétés face à la terreur (de 1960 à nos jours) - Discours, mémoire et identité, Editions Orbis Tertius, pp.475-493, 2017, 978-2-36783-096-4. ⟨hal-03226283⟩

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