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Борбата за духовно оцеляване в стихосбирката „Вик от каторгата" на поета Иосиф Петров
The Struggle for Spiritual Survival in the Collection of Poems A Shout form the Penal Labor Prison by Yosif Petrov

Author(s): Iva Apostolova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature
Published by: ЮГОЗАПАДЕН УНИВЕРСИТЕТ »НЕОФИТ РИЛСКИ«
Keywords: camp poetry; prison; literature; repressed authors; freedom; struggle; survival; socialism.
Summary/Abstract: This article presents the struggle for spiritual survival in the book of poetry “Cry from the Prison” of the poet Joseph Petrov created in captivity during the writer's stay in the Belene concentration camp. Writing camp poetry is not only a protest against violence and acts of dehumanization, but also a process of purification and recovery from the suffered humiliation. The text focuses on the power of the speech, which on one hand causes the imprisonment of the artist, but on the other hand relieves his suffering. Poetry is a kind of self-communication which combines the memories, the imaginary world of the character and the surrounding reality through which the author overcomes the boundaries of the "spiritual" prison. In this sense, the very act of creation is an attempt to preserve his spirit and identity and serves a specific verbal revenge over the torturers. Popularization of the Bulgarian camp poetry will help for a better understanding of the socialist period.

  • Page Range: 178-192
  • Page Count: 15
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Bulgarian