Well, maybe in a way it doesn't matter, as you say. But if all the citations were real, then those chapters would be a sort of nonfiction, historical collage. Artful, perhaps, but not a novel. The post-modernist trick of mixing up the real with the invented points to both the essential truths of the citations as a novel, and the narrative, story-telling nature of history, which implies a point of view, which implies construction, which implies fiction.
: I read somewhere that some of the quotations
: are from actual historical sources, and
: therefore true to history, but I take all of
: them as true to the novel, true in a way
: that allows them to be contradictory. Within
: the context of the novel, all those sources
: exist and say what they do, so it doesn't
: really matter if any exist outside the novel
: or not.
: I find it a bit odd when one of the voices
: quotes one of the other voices. It is as if
: that second voice is no longer present, as
: if the one who is speaking is being
: interviewed or giving testimony about these
: They are quite funny though; they make me
: laugh out loud sometimes. L'occupation of
: the young couple is hilarious.
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