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Литературният пример (exemplum) – една постмодерна проекция срещу тоталитаризма
The Literary Example (exemplum)-One Postmodern Projection against Totalitarianism

Author(s): Miroslava Doichinova
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Tzvetan Todorov; Totalitarianism; literary example; short stories; narratives.

Summary/Abstract: The text presents a period of human history which passed under the sign of a number of wars, great loss of human life, merciless extermination and suffering, i.e. totalitarianism. The subject of scientific comment of this study is Tzvetan Todorov’s book Face a l’extreme’, which affords an opportunity to reveal the truth about human nature through the stories of different forms of behaviour in extreme situations in the concentration camps. The author projects the issues of moral survival, good and evil, courage and heroism in the individual fates of some ordinary men – witnesses and victims of the totalitarian power. The main purpose is to show that a such a personal example is the best argument in the search for the truth, and the best direct route to learning a lesson from history. Тhe real life short stories from daily human experience translate into literary examples, which aim to explain and illustrate the author’s thesis. Tzvetan Todorov’s book is the best postmodern projection against totalitarianism.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 57-70
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Bulgarian