Warning: Post includes spoilers. Text spoiled: Le Mur (The Wall) by Sartre.
So, lately I've been reading some criticism of Le Mur by Sartre -- trust me, the reason why is not interesting -- and I have now read about five times , "Well, since the narrator is telling the story, he obviously didn't die."
Okay, maybe it's just me, but I DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING. True, I didn't spend a ton of time thinking of what the end of the story would be, but even if I had, I doubt my thoughts would have included the words, "Oh, well, he's narrating, so he's obviously got to live through this." My mind just doesn't work this way.
On the other hand, I can't fault the logic there either. After all, someone had to be telling the story.
So, my question is, and I'm very interested in the varieties of answers you guys come up with, can there be posthumous narration?