Daisy Neijmann: Circling around a hidden core. Memory and forgetting in Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson’s trilogy about Páll Jónsson
This article explores the ways in which Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson’s trilogy about Páll Jónsson deals with the trauma and guilt that followed in the wake of the profound changes that occurred in Icelandic society during the time of the World War II. With the help of memory and trauma studies, Páll’s personality is interpreted as a symbol of absence from historical events, and the author’s use of memoir and flashback is analysed as an attempt to deal with anxiety, guilt, and the so-called ‘memory crisis’, which memory scholars have suggested accompanies the introduction of modernity.
Keywords: literature, memory studies, trauma, memoir, World War II