HIDDEN IDENTITY OF A 'BUILDER'S' BALLADE (ALFONZ BEDNAR: 'SKLENY VRCH' (GLASS MOUNT))
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The study about the Bednár's debut 'Sklený vrch' (The Glass Mount) is focused on an analysis of the stylistic, generic and generally aesthetic fragmentation and ambivalence in ideologically motivated prose work written actually in the post war period. The base is a new reading of canonical texts from the Slovak literature in the light of new interpretations and knowledge and with applying of actual theoretic tools. Actual view at Bednár's debut enlighten also a wider context of his literary work, mostly of him as a scenarist; this author repetitively used methods of a fantasy fiction represented by genre references and often quotations from the folk and literary ballade, fairy tale and tales. In the interpretational key of parallel interactive motives ideologically and moralistically planned novelistic project overlaps into a position of existentially motivated writing. His complicated composition, expressively individualised type of a female character and also a genre of memoirs from the three different life periods of the female narrator altogether model the novel of Bednár as an initiating attempt to socially critical epics with some features of popular and interesting reading. From the aspect of topical reflection a literary alliance between the contemporary order to make a heroic, war novel, or a novel about partisan resistance or even the novel about building up socialist society and the plot methods of psychological fiction, as well as parallel genre references to ballade about an unfulfilled love and a fatal predestination of human fate as a consequence, even punishment for a betray, falling, or guilt, which influence controversially so simple and linear story. The contribution of a new reading of Bednár's debut as a key title from the post war production of the 50-ties is more structured and more differentiated view at the literature, which was not considered to be an original, critical and, towards the historical period, autocorrected and subversive writing.
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