REMARKS ON DEVELOPMENT OF SLOVAK PROSE OF THE 2ND HALF OF 20TH CENTURY
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The article was made as a lecture and presented in the end of November 2002 in the Slavic Institute of Vienna University. The aim of the paper was to introduce problem of Slovak prose after 1945 to foreign Slovak Studies and Slavic Studies scholars and students. That is why the paper was composed in the character of both narrative and essay. Slovak prose of the second half of the 20th c. is characterised through several epic models. They should be understood as epic places in the world. In the history of literature determination of place in the world is represented by topos. Topos helps to frame reconstruction from the aspect of the history of literature. It is not only sought but also found. The author particularly means a topos of a steel castle as a setting of world historical fight, then topos of a home of abandonment. In both of them literature is imprinted on the skin of a reader a letter by letter. There is also a topos of construction site with living estates protecting from emptiness and coolness of the world. There is a topos of sarcophagus, in which in the sense of Poe's 'early funeral' we live dead life even before our own death. In spite of differences there is possible to find common determinates among those epic places. The connection comes through perseverant seeking of such places in the world where a person would be protected from emptiness and coolness being able to live full life of human being. The last mentioned topos is gradually disappearing from the Slovak prose of the 90ths as it proves a prose Infection written by V. Balla. Epic character infects through his existence not only his temporal home but any place in the world. He cannot stand staying in one place and finally his last way out is an escape, running from him himself.
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