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2010 | 57 | 2 | 105-124

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PARADOXICAL ESSENCE OF THE STORY IN BALLA'S FICTIONS (Paradoxna podstata pribehu v Ballovych prozach)


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This paper looks at fiction techniques and their semantic implications in the texts of a Slovak writer Balla. The author explains the paradoxical essence of the story in Balla's works by means of the 'event's' nature being different from that of the subject matter's theme, going beyond the borderline separating the two distinctive semantic fields. Balla's texts demonstrate the impossibility of changing the protagonist's negative situation. The essence of the thematic problem is by its nature close to a theme less text that contradicts the usual story ness directed towards dynamic interaction between the subject and its surroundings. The static nature of the theme demands innovations in the text-producing process, while this also determines the process substantially. As the author's treatment of the theme does not allow for thematic detention, the stronger becomes the author's focus on procedures that are able to disintegrate disproportional thematic facets beyond straightforward verbalisation as well. In the frame of fictional semantics, the purpose is served by contaminating the fictional world with elements overlapping the 'real' dimension and exploiting the tex's metaphorical components. Besides the two mentioned procedures, the tendency towards a more developed fictional structure is manifested in Balla's work. If the story represents a medium of potential extension in Slovak cultural context, 'story' in Balla's texts means obstructing extension and in this way also the impossibility to experience the 'otherness' of existence in motion. As a result, the fiction provides minimal transitivity into 'trans textual' cathartic space. The ground for aggravated communication is the subject encircled in the causality of causes and effects, with an absence of the slightest hints concerning a breakthrough in his state. Thus the way to ease off the accumulated tension does not open by the text itself; but in contrary, it is necessary to step out of it.








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  • Ivan Jancovic, Ustav slovenskej literatury SAV, Konventna 13, 813 64 Bratislava, Slovak Republic


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