chapter  5
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Ineffable Silence and the Sacred: Crucial Moments in Life Histories

The dialogical experience of conducting these interviews, which aim to represent human subjectivity as well as lived history, has elicited several personal narratives of inexhaustible richness. What the narrators identified as key moments in their life histories were actually the most difficult periods they had had to face in their lifetime. These turning points articulated the backbones of the life narratives, providing them with meaning and structure (Bertaux 1997, 32). Some of them were sheer epiphanies of highly transformative and consequential import. With hindsight, they appear to have profoundly influenced the narrators’ lives and sense of self-identity. Their confessions led them to express the deepest existential creeds and beliefs.