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Романите на Димитър Димов
The Novels of Dimitar Dimov

Author(s): Tatyana Ichevska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Пловдивски университет „Паисий Хилендарски“
Keywords: Dimitar Dimov; novels; power; control and punishment; alienity; animal code; intoxication and drunkenness; life like cinema; self-destruction
Summary/Abstract: This survey is an attempt to clarify certain peculiarities of the poetics of Dimov’s novels, to outline the ways in which in some of his works there is evolution of a love affair, on the one hand and of the man-history-ideology relationship, on the other hand; to see how certain novelistic and film patterns “begin to speak”; to find the different dimensions of human nature; to distinguish what is specific in the interpretation of motives regarded as being classic in Bulgarian literature (for example, the motive of drunkenness, madness, the strive for “another world” and so on). This explains why in certain chapters Dimov’s novels are repeatedly commented on in different aspects. In Dimov’s texts we can follow the process of self-destruction of the characters, regardless of whether they manage to achieve their goals or not. Dimov’s attention is focused on the destiny of the travelling man. All Dimov’s characters, regardless of the social and ideological camp they belong to, leave “their world” in an attempt to fulfill their dream of “another world”. For some of them, this journey turns out to be a pursuit of the concepts of “real life”, which have been established by the cinema and the novels, for others it is a pursuit-adherence to certain ideologies (the world Catholic empire, the world dominance of the God-chosen German people, the creation of a perfect communist order), and for still others it is a pursuit of success and recognition. At the same time, the road is seen as a road to (self-)knowledge, for which the characters often pay with their lives.

  • Print-ISBN-10: 954-775-401-7
  • Page Count: 251
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Language: Bulgarian