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Roth establishes the mother as the origin of both knowledge and the comforts of its suppression; she thus figures both narratability and its limit.
It is from this predicament, this contradiction, writing up against the very limits of discursivity and narratability that Coetzee's plots draw so much of their drama, their narrative force, their elusiveness and, most of all, their sustained irony.
Consequently, the narratability of Oskar's personal observations is only guaranteed when they suppress all other perspectives.
In their cases, the narrators of both stories perform acts of memory that enable the narratability and narrativization of the traumatic events of the young women's lives.