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Memory and history in Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen: text and contexts

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Abstract

The paper considers contradictions in the way memory and memoirs work in the play Copenhagen by the famous British author Michael Frayn. It exploits many well-known facts concerning the meeting-up of the physicists Bohr and Heisenberg in 1941, in Copenhagen, then occupied by Nazis. It interprets those facts, though, from the viewpoint of Frayn’s story and the time-layers provided both by the text and the contexts it triggered. What was the true purpose of the meeting?

Keywords

memories; physicists; atomic bomb; Nazi Germany; Copenhagen.

DOI: 10.31249/hoc/2022.04.03

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