Der Aspekt der Einfühlungsästhetik in André Brinks The Other Side of Silence

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There are many opinions about what constitutes a postcolonial novel. The act of representation is part of this controversy: which voices should be represented by the narrator and which should remain silent? This aspect of aesthetic empathy is widely discussed by postcolonial theorists. Andre Brink's narrative The Other Side of Silence, which deals with the German colonial period in what is now Namibia and the fate of the female protagonist Hanna X, employs a special use of different narrating voices, a combination of archival documents and fiction and an overt critique of colonialism. This paper analyses the peculiarities of this narrative by taking account of the critical voices against Brink's fiction.