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|Keywords||Lya Luft, language, death, family|
|Abstract||This text deals with the question about the relationship between language and death (that is, how death supports language and how language attempts to express death) in the first narrative production by Lya Luft and, in particular, in her novel O quarto fechado. Considering the theories of Hegel, Lévinas, Blanchot and Agamben, the paper attempts to highlight the originality of the Brazilian writer's position on death, considered not as a threshold that separates existence from its opposite, but as something familiar (in the full sense) to pain and loss, underlining the proximity - previously studied by Freud in its etymological implications - between Heim and Unheimlich.|