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Intercultural exchanges and the redefinition of identity in Hugo Hamilton’s Disguise and Hand in the Fire

fighting on the Russian front at the end of the Second World War, is made to promise that she will never tell anybody about the replacement of her dead son, not even her husband, a promise that she maintains against all odds. Gregor’s chance discovery of this event in his young adulthood makes him question his sense of identity, as it had been given to him, and forces him to reconstruct it on half-suspected truths. The German political philosopher Jürgen Habermas argues that individual identity and collective identity cannot be equated, but that they exist in a

in Literary visions of multicultural Ireland
The War Books Boom, 1928–1930

it did not set the standard. This was done by the German All Quiet on the Western Front.’16 The novelty of nothing new While the ten-year distance from the war should not be conceived as a gap, it was a significant milestone. Erich Maria Remarque’s Im Westen Nichts Neues, perhaps the most famous First World War novel, was first serialised in the original German on the tenth anniversary of the Armistice and was a major success.17 Eschatological and sometimes merely scatological, Remarque’s novel was attacked by the German political left for not going far enough, and

in Writing disenchantment
Dead men writing

and published in the English edition 1929, included as an appendix in The Seeds of Revolt, 379–92, commentary 81–91). Lubkemann Allen, EccentriCities.indd 285 28/10/2013 12:20:31 286 Eccentric narrative consciousness their early formation as writers involves similar moves in similarly structured cultural sites. Both were formed by progressive European ideas circulating in their capitals at similarly critical historical moments. Both read English, French and German political philosophy and literature. They found literary models in Swift, Sterne, Dickens, Sand

in EccentriCities