The Image of the Builder Udarnik in the Works of the Poet Penyo Penev–an Attempt at Positioning It in the Context of the Bulgarian Communist Utopia (the 1940’s - the 1950’s) Cover Image
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Образът на строителя ударник в творчеството на поета Пеньо Пенев - опит за ситуиране в контекста на българската комунистическа утопия (40-50-те г. на XX век)
The Image of the Builder Udarnik in the Works of the Poet Penyo Penev–an Attempt at Positioning It in the Context of the Bulgarian Communist Utopia (the 1940’s - the 1950’s)

Author(s): Ivaylo Aleksandrov
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature
Published by: ЮГОЗАПАДЕН УНИВЕРСИТЕТ »НЕОФИТ РИЛСКИ«
Keywords: shock-worker; utopia; building poetry; communism.
Summary/Abstract: The key role of the construction worker in the building of the sacred communism in Bulgaria is a leading motif in the most of Penio Penev’s poetry works. Proletarian poet most often glorifies the importance of the new man, the man-constructor and his labour efforts, speaking on behalf of the nation in poems such as "His Majesty the Man", "Corpus 206", "Building Spring" and etc. In the majority of Penio Penev`s poetry, he presents the shock-worker as a basic constructive element of the Bulgarian communism’s utopian dream. Penev is generational related to the historical period from the late 40s and early 50s of the Twentieth century, in which he formed himself as a mature creative person. His short poetic life is a series of rise and fall, as it happens with his attitude towards life in general. However, the topic of the construction concentrated on the image of the worker as an engine of a new technical time is a key one and accompanies the author till the very end of his life, which coincides with the loss of relevance of this type of themes in the Bulgarian poetry of the early 60s of the Twentieth century.

  • Page Range: 74-86
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Bulgarian