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Vykolejené vyprávění ve středoevropské literatuře po roce 1989
Disjointed narrative in Central European literature since 1989

Author(s): Xavier Galmiche
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Ústav pro českou literaturu Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: disjointed fiction; Central European literature; burlesque; fragmentarization; Krasznahorkai László; Andruchovych Yuri; Topol Jáchym

Summary/Abstract: Based on an analysis of three novels: Melancholy of Resistance (Melancholie odporu) (1989) by Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai (Born 1954), Twelve Rings (Dvanáct obručí) (2003) by Ukrainian Yuri Andrukhovych (Born 1960) and Gargling with Tar (Kloktat dehet) (2005) by Jáchym Topol (Born 1962), this study endeavours to highlight the aesthetics that have emerged since the 1980 s . These works have been selected with deliberate care because although they are separated by a certain distance in space and time, they are distinguished by poetics whose description disjointed fiction (romanesque déjanté) expresses the stampede of collective and individual history in a world turned upside down at the end of Communism. This narrative over a number of small apocalypses, fragmentarized to the very brink of incoherence, can be understood as the realism of a disrupted epoch and the transposition of intermedia (with the pithiness of its visual elements, particularly cinematographic) and multimedia (hypertext and online reading) aesthetics, just like a modern form of burlesque.

  • Issue Year: 61/2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 337-350
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Czech