Through Baker’s journey towards his conscious recognition of the dichotomy between definitive truth and the authorial mediation of historical discourse and memory, Baker highlights the complexity of his contrasting role as both a son and historian. His dual purpose of mediating “an exchange of pasts” accentuates this conflict as whilst he questions of the reliability of his parent’s memories, “it was not the facts held under suspicion, but credibility as a survivor”, his personal triumph with the approval of his parents is emphasised by the first person narration “I have won their interests”. His need to vindicate his parent’s memory as a historian with documented evidence manifest in his search for evidence. Although he is able to confirm aspects of her mother’s story that “she was once rich, tremendously rich” with a document in Gate 47 written by the Head and Secretary of the Village of Bolszowce, “bought a village, Kinashev, a stable, barn” tension... [continues]
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