Nomada, wygnaniec, asymilant? “Krystaliczna sieć” Mirka Kovača jako wyraz duchowego tułactwa autora
NOMAD, EXILE OR AN ASSIMILATED PERSON? “CRYSTAL BARS” BY MIRKO KOVAČ REFLECTING SPIRITUAL WANDERING OF THE AUTHOR
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Writing Crystal Bars, the book defined in this article as a novel concerning the problem of choices (in the world where none of the decisions taken is autonomous nor gives the promise of freedom), Kovač faced the problem of a serious choice, made for a lifetime. That was an individual choice, nevertheless subordinated to the systemic solutions. The writer’s decision to move out from Belgrad to Rovinj was not only the sign of independence but also the necessity imposed by the social and political situation. In this article, therefore, I ask the question: who is the protagonist-narrator of the novel: the exile, the nomad, the immigrant or the assimilated person? I hereby arrive at conclusion that he is partially each of these types. The world, though, makes itself accessible to him and takes the shape formed within the categories of internal experience. He always observes it from the point of view of a witness or the person taking part in the events (but not an engaged observer), always fragmentarily, from one point of view. Actually, all the characters of the novel lead nomadic lifestyle and are “homeless” in a certain way. Their lives consist in migration, constant change, mobility. They head to new adventures and, whilst tempted by “the unknown tomorrow”, open up the new chapters of their lives. Despite this, many doors remain close to them.
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