“Each of Them Thin and Barely Opaque”: Ruth Ozeki’s Truth Approximations

Serena Fusco

Abstract


This essay focuses on the work of Japanese American writer Ruth Ozeki (b. 1956). Mainly discussing her novels My Year of Meats (1998) and A Tale for the Time Being (2013), I suggest that, through a sophisticated usage of paratextual, transmedial, and autofictional strategies, Ozeki claims for her work a ‘truth power’ that operates at the dialogical border between the textual world and the real world. Ozeki implements, in my view, a ‘truth search’ in which bare facts can be known, and told, only through the fictive, ‘magical’ power of the imagination; this collaboration between factuality and invention, in turn, makes narrative a performative object that can intervene, and foster practical intervention, in the real world.


Keywords


Narrative; Real; Paratext; Autofiction; Transmediality

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/3755

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