SOUS LE SIGNE DE PERESTROÏKA : HISTOIRE, TÉMOIGNAGE ET RÉSILIENCE DANS LE ROMAN NOUS DÎNERONS EN FRANÇAIS (2015) D’ALBENA DIMITROVA
Études balkaniques (Sofia) 2023, N 4
University of the Peloponnese
Under the Sign of Perestroika: History, Testimony and Resilience in the Novel Nous dînerons en français (2015) by Albena Dimitrova
Abstract: Abstract: Albena Dimitrova (1969 – ), Bulgarian-born writer, poet and playwright, belongs to the corpus of « contemporary extreme » women writers who have chosen to express themselves in French, in the context of a migratory or exile situation, or out of an attraction to this language that represents the host country, France. In her novel Nous dînerons en français (2015) Dimitrova blends individual stories and major national events with extraordinary mastery. This work of autofiction bears witness to an era marked by austere politics in Bulgaria throughout the 1980s and 1990s, a tumultuous period when perestroïka and glasnost challenged the regime in power. Through the prism of a passionate and forbidden love, Dimitrova sketches the background of existences, showing how the destinies of individuals are buffeted by the winds of History.
Keywords: autofiction, testimony, totalitarian regime, trauma, resilience