Vohrer und nachher (Before and After)

Artists are compelled to create literary reflections of their own lives as much by the need for a thorough personal reckoning as by the desire to weave their (variously stylized) image into history. Each time this is done, an entirely new reality is created. Through the careful selection and arrangement of information, writers establish order within this fleeting process, thereby conveying the illusion that, despite the circumstances, they were “formed” naturally, like a fascinating natural phenomenon. The tension between “truth and poem” that characterises a writer’s own life story also forms the foundation of the autobiographical novel - a genre which draws on the writer’s personal experiences (or, at least, lends them a voice) and blurs the line between lived experiences and fictionalised tales.

Subject: Others
Author: Gauguin, Paul
Title: Vohrer und nachher (Before and After)
Date: 1920
Place of publication: Munich
Publisher: Kurt Wolff Verlag
Origin: Library of the Karásek Gallery
Licence: Free license

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