But although much of Yan's art of the past half decade seems poised at the edge of fiction, he's quick to disclaim any fundamental urge to fabulate
The only alternative to the attendant doubt Chow identifies--anxiety leading to "self-hatred and impotence"--is to somehow refuse this identification, to assert and enact that "I is another," and to fabulate
a different version of the story that coercive mimeticism would have us tell.
Deleuze speaks of fabulation as an aspect of inventing a people to come: fabulation is an activity that need not reinforce restrictive power structures, entails a projection into the real of images that take on a life of their own, and has nothing to do with memory in the ordinary sense (to fabulate
is to create giants whose projected images take on a life of their own).
Magritte and Borges are in effect asking us to fabulate
, to invent a narrative that will order the incongruous.
Freed from the will to fabulate
truth, it engages in a narrative hermeneutics, exploring the ubiquitous sway of signs and language, the foundation of knowledge in hearsay, or sentito dire (see Celati "Dialogo" and Porretto).
than tongues can fabulate
, worth more than speech can spatulate, than
Returning to the central metaphor of the book, then, Grass's proprietorial recourse to Marie's box camera to travel simultaneously in past, present and future--the author's famous "Vergegenkunft" (Auschwitz 33-34)--edges out his children who turn to it to fabulate
their fantasies as a "Wunschdirwasbox" (Box 16) generating images of guinea pigs (22-23) or a longed-for dog (23-26).
Anzia loved to wear masks, to fabulate
and confound her own history, but as a writer, she had no mask--she was pure emotion in a language that didn't really fit.
We all know objective truth is not obtainable, that when some event occurs we shall have a multiplicity of subjective truths which we assess and then fabulate
into history, into some Godeyed version of what "really" happened.
In his calm and methodical portrayal of a shy character under never-ending stress, Auteuil convinces as a guy who's made his own bed and must lie, fabulate
and prevaricate in it.
On his way to Brazil, he meets with his German publisher, for whom, as much out of lassitude as out of a need to fabulate
, he embroiders the facts surrounding his postdesertion life, thereby transforming it into a long, exotic, and adventurous voyage worthy of a modern Odysseus.
Parables and peregrinations: what we all do, as we err (travel about) and profess (take vows), as we blame, fabulate
, confess, move, and throw things around.