Interpreting our lives: memory, truth and fiction

Eckstein, Sue (2013) Interpreting our lives: memory, truth and fiction. Families, Relationships and Societies, 2 (1). pp. 139-146. ISSN 2046-7435

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Abstract

Interpreters is a novel that explores the secrets and lies within families, the parent-child relationship, the interpretation of the past and the collective and personal guilt of a generation who grew up in Nazi Germany. Mindful of the moral and ethical issues inherent in memoir and autobiography, I explore the challenges and dilemmas encountered in creating a work of autobiographical fiction that draws on the experiences of those who may never have expected, or wanted, their stories to be told. I attempt to ensure ethical and artistic integrity by recording emotional rather than actual truths, by changing the stories' and the characters' natures, and liberating myself from the constraints of conventional life writing with its requirement for historical accuracy, logical timeframe and expectation of truthfulness.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R723 Medical philosophy. Medical ethics
Depositing User: Ellen Thomas
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 14:58
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2013 08:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44417
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