Dealing with Trauma: A study on Vendela Vida’s The Lovers


  • Akila V Sri Sarada College for Women (Autonomous), Salem – 16.
  • Dr. S. Ramya Niranjani Sri Sarada College for Women (Autonomous), Salem – 16.


Vendela Vida, trauma, healing, cathartic relief, resilience, memory, transformation.


Literature teaches people to cope with the complexities of life by portraying how the characters overcome their
traumas. This paper is an attempt to study the novel The Lovers by Vendela Vida, primarily focusing on the
mental agony of the protagonist, Yvonne. She is a newly widowed old woman who redefines her identity in
the aftermath of distressing events that happened in her life. This paper aims to focus not only on the pain of
traumatic experiences but also on the ongoing journey of healing and self-discovery. This critical study intends to
provide cathartic relief by highlighting human resilience in the face of adversity through the protagonist, Yvonne.
Her emotions mirror the fragmented nature of traumatic memory. This study also tries to substantiate that
transformation is indispensable to regain a sense of control over one’s life after a traumatic loss.


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