”If the Executioner Could Express itself”: Writing as Resistance and an Antifascist Practice in Mirjam Tuominen’s Besk brygd
In the essay Besk brygd (”Bitter Brew”, 1947), written by the FinlandSwedish author Mirjam Tuominen, the author holds every one responsible for the fascist violence committed by Nazi Germany, even herself. In Tuominen’s writing fascism is not an isolated political event or an external force, but rather a potential, something inherent in all inter personal relationships. As a result, for Tuominen, antifascism as a position can never be fully realized, but rather consists of different practices aimed both inward, at the self, as well as outwards, toward society. One of these practices is the act of writing itself. Using Hannah Arendt’s thoughts on totalitarian ism and the banality of evil in conjunction with the concept of microfascism, theorized by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, this article attempts to pinpoint how Tuominen’s practices of antifascism manifest themselves both thematically and aesthetically in ”Bitter Brew”.
|Journal||Tidskrift for Litteraturvetenskap|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- Mirjam Tuominen