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"Свешената книга" в романовата структура на "Хайка за вълци" от Ивайло Петров - релации и трансформации
The Bibile in Ivailo Petrov's 'Wolf Hunt': Relations and transformations

Author(s): Zapryan Kozludzhov
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies, Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Local History / Microhistory, Special Historiographies:, Theology and Religion, Bulgarian Literature, History of Communism, History of Religion
Published by: Издателска къща "Гутенберг"
Keywords: literature; Bulgarian literature; literature analyses;
Summary/Abstract: Ivailo Petrov's novel 'Wolf Hunt' is a dramatic saga with a story covering a long and contradictory period of Bulgarian history, from the first years after World War II to 1965. The fates of Ivan Shibilev, Mona Zhendo, Kalcho, Nikolin, Stoyan Kralev and their sons and daoughters intertwine and grow apart in passions and conflicts. This book is the story of people who are born during a totalitarian regime or die, frequently because of what they love. The hunt is the symbol of their thirst for revenge, the Old Testament 'an eye for an eye', with the outcome/redemption being presented as a pain of the soul caused by the loss of human happiness. The study discusses the presence of biblical motifs and images and the manner in which the author of the novel works with them. The moral categories through which each individual considers his/her life are skilfully woven in the book by the careful use of biblical symbols and messages. The characters in 'Wolf Hunt' fully experience the passions and sufferings of the Old Testament characters, thereby redeeming the original human sin.